Trayvon (by Jordan Chaney)
A fella I know just got this is a tattoo, its of a line from my poem Picket Sign from my first poetry book Rocket Fuel for Dreamers!!
I feel incredibly honored and humbled to have my words inked in skin.
A year and a half ago I had the most amazing experience of my life when I was selected as a scholarship recipient by The Sun Magazine to visit Big Sur, Ca for a weekend writing retreat. While there I met a beautiful doe-eyed woman with strawberry blonde hair by the name of Joslyn Hamilton and I have had the biggest creative crush on her ever since. She is not only the co-creator of a fun and dynamic website called www.recoveringyogi.com . She completely nabbed my heart and all of it’s shimmering beats when she created the $5 dollar creative truth or dare to pay for a one of kind jacket she found
http://www.outsideeyeconsulting.com/CreativeTruthOrDare/index.html and then she wrote a book on eating healthy for single people titled Cooking for one http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AUJ3XGO/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk. Her creativity and ingenuity are constantly inspiring me. I adore this person on every level so when she asked me to be a part of this project I shot back with an emphatic yes! You can read her Next Big Thing post here. Here are the questions I was sent to interview myself…
What is your working title of your book (or story)?
Rocket Fuel for Dreamers
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea for the title of this book actually came from a letter that I wrote to a very good friend of mine. She is an extraordinary person that has always been there for me during life’s highs and lows. In the letter I was describing the kind of encouragement and support she had given me over the years and the line ‘Rocket Fuel for Dreamers’ rolled off of my tongue and I decided to build a whole book of poetry around the concept of that which motivates and lifts people up.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Tom Hanks in the movie Castaway and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter the boxer.
Because the book is ultimately about fighting for your dream or hanging to the things that are most important in life.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Rocket Fuel for Dreamers is a poetic book of matches for anyone standing next to the powder keg of their dreams.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Rocket Fuel for Dreamers will be self-published.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took around 2.5 years to complete the first draft of the manuscript.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Rocket Fuel for Dreamers has poetry about Wine, Ninja Turtles, Icarus and Big Sur, Ca. I can’t really compare it to any other book that I have come across but I can compare it to the movie The Count of Monte Cristo as far as triump goes.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Watching the news inspired me to write this book. The dark murky pits that I have fallen into in life inspired me to write this book. Having written about all of my conquerings of my own sufferings and finding how my stories could help others also led me to write this book.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Besides the book being available as a free download, I think people will enjoy the heart and the humor of the book. There is something in it for them, it’s not just a book to be read but ideas and imagination to grab hold of, the poems are a staircase in a sense. Rocket Fuel for Dreamers is the matchbook to light one’s passions once again. Oh and I have also added a glossary to the back of the book. Oh yeah and there is one poem in Spanish too!! Plus A #1 New York Times Best Selling Author wrote the forward…oh oh and an Academy Award winner gave it a great review and not too mention there is a poem about The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in it!!!!
Rocket Fuel for Dreamers
A New Book by Jordan Chaney
Depression is a living thing.
It feeds on guilt, regret, fear and shame.
It draws the blinds and hides.
It thrives on poor diet and
negative self-talk, among
other debilitating habits.
It survives this way, but like
a snake eating it’s own tail.
Want to kill it?
Smother it with optimism,
self-love and self-forgiveness!
Depression despises open windows
and a clean home. Open the windows,
organize your environment! It hates
motion and productivity of any kind.
Shoot arrows like that at it!!!
It shrinks in the presence of
small goals met—Depression wants
to live but it will ultimately
perish if you attack it first.
When ever I feel suppressed, hated on, or criticized - I repeat this to myself and then catch some Zzz’s…
|Her:||The past has hurt me. I don't want to hurt you; I am still trying to heal. Falling out of love hurts.|
|Me:||I agree. But it doesn't have to. My heart can be your heart's trampoline. You know, to help with the fall. To help your smile bounce back.|
|Me:||I created the world's smallest playlist for you: Prototype by Andre 3000|
|Her:||You're so sweet.|