No, my book isn’t ready to be published but I wanted to share the new book cover with you. I am very happy with this artists work. It was done by Adrijus at RockingBookCovers.com. I have been using a stand-in picture when I post anything about the book. An editor I’ve worked with told me if I’m going to promote my book people, needed to associate the correct picture with it instead of the wrong one or they won’t recognize it if they see it. I shouldn’t change it at the last minute. I’d like to know what you think.
I changed my original idea because I didn’t want it to look like a prison book. It is much more than that. It is our letters to each other that started this journey. I had no idea this was where it was headed when I wrote that first letter a decade ago. Because there are so many it takes time to go through them to find the one’s I want.
This gave me a reason to write and a reason to make music. It gave me the desire to play music after a long illness. When we don’t have a reason for why we do the things we do, then there is no reason to drag ourselves away from looking for entertainment to get through the day by wrapping our life around someone else fulfilling their dreams.
This has been the hardest thing to finish because it’s so important that I get it right. So much depends on doing the best I can. I always loved to write. It is why I started keeping journals 40 years ago. When I go back and read them I can see my emotional maturity grow through how I chose my words.
When I make a determination to do something, I have to do it. By letting the people around me see the progress it is like continually putting gas in my car. It gives me the extra push to keep going. One more hour of writing. Another hour of promoting music. One more hour of research. On and on in a cycle. If all I had to do was write the book it would have been done long ago.
Seventeen pieces of music were put into a digital album you can find on Soundcloud. “Stories Without Woods” The link is below. Now I am recording music for the chapters in the book. There is music for each chapter title. It isn’t all written yet. Some pieces I have posted in the past: Open the Cage and Fly, The Waking Hour, Inside The Forbidden Outside and others. There is also poetry written for some.
Sometimes I stay in my computer room/ bedroom for weeks, coming out only to cook/ play my piano or say hello to my husband who sits behind his computer, too. We take a break and watch a downloaded movie. This is many life today. When I’m done, things will change. A new phase of promotion will start. Subscribe to my newsletter to keep up on the progress.
If you know an inmate who writes poetry or is an artist or has a story you’d like to tell you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Life in Prison at Facebook . . .Blog posts and news about injustice in the world
Piano Improv Music of Sonni Quick . . . New facebook page of the past and present
ReverbNation . . . Website of Indie music not on traditional radio stations. Sonni’s featured page.
SkunkRadioLive . . . Indie radio station out of London
Soundcloud – album – Stories without Words
It will soon be listed at CDbaby, itunes, spotify, amazon and others