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I Published a Poetry Book

evergreen - something that never goes out of style

By Ashley LimaPublished about a month ago β€’ Updated about a month ago β€’ 1 min read
Top Story - June 2024

Long time, no see.

I've had a lot going on in my life for the past year or so, and I have been feeling incredibly stagnant.

Vocal has been an incredibly important part of my writing development over the past few years, and I've posted a lot of work on this website that I'm incredibly proud of... I was feeling some type of way the other day, and decided to take some of my best work from Vocal and slam it all together into a poetry chapbook... and so, evergreen was born.

evergreen explores what I'd consider to be my quarter life crisis. It touches on themes of death, fear, hope, love, and general human existence. It's a piece of my soul, and it's a conversation with my younger self. For some reason, I feel most comfortable talking about my deepest shames and insecurities to people who I've never met, but this collection has allowed me to share those parts of myself with my friends, coworkers, and family as well.

It's a little nervewracking to release these vulnerabilities into the ether for everyone and anyone to see, but something inside was telling me to do it. I don't know exactly what that something is. Perhaps my ego. Perhaps the universe. Perhaps it was nothing more than a hallucination. Whatever it may have been, releasing this just felt right, so here goes nothing.

You can read evergreen for free with Kindle Unlimited, now until forever. And you can purchase evergreen for free, now until 11:59 PM PST, Saturday, June 15th.

I'd really appreciate if you gave this book a download/"purchase," even if you don't decide to read it. Honest reviews are welcome. I'd love to know what I did right and even what I might have done wrong.

Thanks so much for reading. I hope to find the time to be more active on Vocal again. I'm incredibly grateful for everything this community has given me, and even though I'm not around as much as I would like to be, I haven't forgotten about any of you even a little bit.

Lots of love,



About the Creator

Ashley Lima

I think about writing more than I write, but call myself a writer as opposed to a thinker.

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Comments (27)

  • Denise E Lindquist23 days ago

    Congratulations on top story and the book!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

  • Congratulations on having your story featured as a top story on Vocal! This is a remarkable achievement, and it's clear why your work has received such recognition. Your storytelling is truly exceptional. The narrative was not only compelling but also beautifully crafted, holding my attention from start to finish. The way you developed the characters and plot was masterful, making the story both engaging and thought-provoking. Your unique voice and perspective shine through, setting your work apart. It’s evident that you poured a lot of passion and effort into this piece, and it has certainly paid off. I look forward to reading more of your incredible stories in the future. Keep up the fantastic work! Best regards, Dr. Jay

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    And congratulations on the TS!πŸŽ‰

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    Good for you; congratulations on publishing it. Even though you had written the pieces, it still required sifting through your poems and deciding which ones to put in your book.

  • Ameer Bibiabout a month ago

    It's looking interesting Congratulations

  • Jane Kattabout a month ago

    Thank you for sharing "evergreen." Your honesty and vulnerability are truly touching. Thrilled to dive into your poetic journey!

  • Novel Allenabout a month ago

    Great achievement Ashley, congrats, I will check it out. Goos luck with it all.

  • Gene Lassabout a month ago

    Congrats on publishing your book! Something I learned when I put out my first one was if you sell a Kindle copy, you get paid if someone pays for it. If someone downloads it on Kindle Unlimited, you only get paid if they read it. They prorate the amount based on what's read. I hope you get a lot of downloads. The best poetry is when it's from the heart, fearless, and real.

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! πŸŽ‰πŸ’–πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸ’–πŸŽŠ

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  • TahimaAniabout a month ago

    wonderful bookβ™₯️

  • Kayleigh Fraser ✨about a month ago

    This is wonderful Ashley! Congratulations! πŸ™Œ I will definitely download, read and review for you πŸ₯° Thank you for making it available for free xx

  • Denise Larkinabout a month ago

    Good luck with the book. I will take a look at it.

  • Kendall Defoe about a month ago

    Well done, A. L. !πŸ…

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    I don't have Kindle but I'll try to find a way to purchase/view/read your book of poems. Congratulations on your major accomplishment! I can imagine how thrilled you must be! πŸ₯³πŸ€©πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

  • Bri Craigabout a month ago

    Just downloaded a copy! I'll be leaving on vacation tomorrow so the timing is perfect! Also noticed that in your amazon rankings, you reached the #1 spot for kindle contemporary poetry! Congrats! (And make sure you screenshot that honor!)

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    I love your style and passion! Congratulations on your publication I wish you great success

  • Paul Stewartabout a month ago

    Yay! Well done on Top Story!

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    That's awesomeeee! Congratulations! πŸŽ‰πŸ’–πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸ’–πŸŽŠ

  • Suze Kayabout a month ago

    Ashley, this is astonishing! Just downloaded on Kindle Unlimited. Can't wait to devote some time to it this weekend. Congratulations on such a major accomplishment <3

  • Ariel Josephabout a month ago

    Congrats! I can't wait to read it!

  • Mark Gagnonabout a month ago

    Hi, Ashley, It has been a while but you've used your time well. Congrats on the book!

  • Sid Aaron Hirjiabout a month ago

    Congratulations on a book published. I think as you mentioned you have ADHD and that might be overthinking burnout that causes the imposter syndrome to feel like all others are looking at your imperfections

  • Paul Stewartabout a month ago

    Ooooooh Ashley! Yay! So pleased to get this update. Will be heading over there soon! Well done to you! Also Quarter Life Crisis is a term I only heard about because a singer-songwriter type called Baby Queen had an awesome album called that out recently! :) anyway, congrats and I hope you get lots of downloads and reviews! One tiny thing - perhpas you could add a link to make it easier?

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