Time to Speak Up

Hey everyone,

Despite my best laid plans, this first month of 2019 has not seen me on tumblr all that much. I even missed recommendation day this month. But I want to share why this is, because speaking up about it is important for everyone, especially others who find themselves in similar situations. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll have seen me talk about this already, but this is my Official Tumblr Post™. 

On January 11th, 2019, I escaped an abusive home.

Some of you may remember that I was living with my brother, and yes, I am referring to that home. My brother became emotionally abusive, and he likely was so for much longer than I was aware of it. Beginning last summer, shortly after we moved to a new apartment, it started to get worse and worse until it hit crisis level. Over the course of several months, he didn’t help me when I had to go to the emergency room (twice) and put lots of energy into gaslighting me, ignoring me, mocking me, shouting at me, and otherwise turning my home into a place I no longer wanted to be. My cats were scared of him and began to lose weight. I could never keep the apartment clean because he did nothing to help. Also, it became clear that it was negatively affecting my physical health as well. This week, I was diagnosed with Essential Tremor, and the intensity of the stress the abuse put me under increased the severity of my tremors and ataxia symptoms. 

The worst part? My parents didn’t believe me.

They still don’t.

I tried to tell my mother what was happening at Christmas, and she only screamed at me for causing drama and daring to act like an abused person. It was shortly after this that I realized I could not stay in that environment. 

The week I decided to sign a new lease and begin the moving process was probably one of the worst weeks of my life. My parents called me to demand why I was betraying my brother by leaving the lease four months early. They tried to force me to stay. I realized that this meant I should leave sooner, but it was also the first week of the semester, so I only had a few hours here and there to pack. Some of these hours were swallowed up by my brother sobbing and shouting at me, turning red and physically frightening. The next night he tried the “good cop” approach, which was just as abusive but far subtler. I was absolutely convinced that my parents wouldn’t speak to me anymore if I made this decision, but I knew I had to. 

I had to find a way to cope with the fact that I was going to lose my entire family because my mom is just as abusive and my dad is completely tied around her finger. I’m fortunate that this did not happen, as my mother decided to apologize for blaming me, but only after she talked to my brother. I’m still furious that it was easier for them to believe I was a backstabbing, selfish social climber than that I had an incredibly real reason for doing it. 

I had to pay my brother $1200 to appease the family. This is on top of the $400 or so dollars it cost to move into the apartment. I had received some inheritance money, but I’m still scrambling to pay for all of the extra costs that came along with moving. All of this, on top of starting a new, extremely busy semester. 

I’ve been in my new place for a week now, and it’s so, so wonderful. I live with my best friend who is a responsible adult who doesn’t whine about basic things like chores and with whom I happily cook meals every day. I have my cats, who are already so much happier. I’m starting to get my feet under me for this semester. I still need to work my ass off to earn the money I need to get back on track, but in the interest of that, I’m trying to focus on my Patreon, for which I have many exciting plans this year. 

If you enjoy my work, my writing, and this blog, I would so appreciate it if you considered becoming my patron. I have tiers anywhere from $1-$20 a month, so it should fit in to most budgets. Anything helps–next week I’ll be working 30 hours on my side job on top of the 40+ hours I usually put into grad school. Basically, my life is work, eat, sleep. I want so much to have the time to blog and continue to interact with all of you, but realistically I have to put things that don’t pay the bills on the back burner. If I can build my patron base, I won’t have to put in so many extra hours, and this will allow me more time to write and provide content for all of you. 

I appreciate all of you for sticking with me over the past few months even though I’ve struggled to engage. I have high hopes that being away from my abuser(s) and being low-contact with my family will help me recover and regain the time and energy to do what I love with more regularity. 

Here’s to a new and better 2019.


State of the Blog 2019

Hello everyone!

Thank you all so much for being such awesome followers, and a special thanks to those of you who filled out my feedback survey at the end of last year. It was very helpful and encouraging, and it helped me make some decisions about how the blog will look in 2019. So, without further ado, here’s a look at what to expect on the blog this year!


  • Recommendation Day: I really enjoyed Recommendation Day as a feature, and I’d love to keep it going this year. Everyone’s suggestions were truly fantastic, and it will be a great way to keep me reading for fun in the midst of reading for my Qualifying Exams (more on that later).
  • Monthly Wrap-Ups: I’ll still make posts about what I’ve read every month, though I might change the format to leave out the book covers, because I feel like that probably clogs up people’s dashes too much (and it’s time consuming).
  • Top Five Wednesdays: I’ll try to be more consistent about Top 5 Wednesdays because it’s pretty simple and a lot of people enjoy it!
  • Book Reviews: I’ll still be doing book reviews as usual! However, I’ll also be adding a special kind of review, but I’ll talk more about that later!
  • First Friday Fairy Tales: I love these, and I’m keeping them. lol
  • Iridia Content: You’ll still see Iridia content pop up from time to time, even though publication is currently put off indefinitely. I’ll try to be a bit more diligent about updating when I’m working on it and how the publishing journey is going.


  • TBR Lists: I ultimately found these too stressful because I already have plenty of due dates for school, so it doesn’t feel good to try to tell myself to read certain books in a month.
  • The Diverse Reading Challenge: I gave it a go, but in the end, I don’t think I can keep it running for a second year. I really appreciate those who did participate, but since it’s not something I need for myself anymore, I don’t want to add the pressure to read specific books at a specific time this year. That said, if you still want to talk about diverse books, please come chat with me about them! I’ll continue to boost them as I read them.
  • Quote Graphics: These were a new thing I tried out later in the year, and while they were kind of fun, my heart wasn’t really in them. Maybe I’ll still do one from time to time, but otherwise I’ll stick to graphics about Iridia.


  • Fairy Tale Retelling Reviews: In 2019, I’ll be reading for my Qualifying Exams in Comparative Literature and Folklore for my Dual Ph.D. I plan to take them early 2020, but I’ll start reading this coming year. One of my lists is fairy tale retellings, so I thought it would be fun to do a different sort of comparative review as I read them (there are like, 25+ on my list). These might coincide with FFFT, but most likely not. I figure I’ll be reading and reviewing these books anyway, so I thought I might put a little twist on them which will also be a helpful study guide for my exams! Depending on how spring semester goes, this might not start up until late spring, but we’ll see!
  • Cat Photos: I have posted an occasional picture of my cats, Milo and Millie, but tbh I take so many pictures I don’t know what to do with them, so I’ll put those on here more! 😉
  • Me Stuff: I got away from doing it this year because I was trying to gear the blog in a particular direction prior to the publication of UNROOTED (which is no longer happening). So, I figure I can go back to being a little bit more personable on the blog. I’ve kind of missed it.

Thank you all so much again for being so great. I hope to meet and interact with more of you this year, and as new ideas and new things come up, I’ll be sure to let you know. Happy New Year to everyone!

Sarah Viehmann Follower Feedback

Due to some life changes, including significant challenges in my personal health (more information here), I’m going to need to make some adjustments to my blog in 2019. I’d love to hear from my followers about what they most value so that I can take that into consideration as I’m planning ahead for 2019! 

Please fill out the survey and share! I’ll reblog periodically so people don’t miss it.

Sarah Viehmann Follower Feedback


Hello, everyone.

I have some unfortunate news, but it is the sort of news that will bring more positive in the future.

I have terminated my publishing contract, and Unrooted will no longer be published in 2019. 

I won’t go in to the reasons because it is better to be professional, but I ultimately determined that the publisher I had signed with was not the best long-term fit for Unrooted or The Iridia Series overall. This is disappointing of course, both for me and for those of you who have been so patient and excited for the book’s publication. However, I believe in this project and I am confident that it will find a new and better home where it can truly thrive and reach a wide audience. 

What does this mean?

It simply means that I am jumping back in the timeline a bit. Over the past year and a half, I have learned to understand this project even better, and I will be aiming to get an agent and go for the traditional publishing route. I will be querying the novel as adult fantasy (as that is what it is), and I have already compiled a list of agents. 

It does mean that I no longer know when Unrooted will be published. Maybe this round of querying will go well and I won’t be in limbo very long. But in the publishing industry, there are no guarantees. I am very sorry to those of you who have been eagerly waiting, but I promise that this is the best choice for the series.

In the meantime …

I will continue to post behind-the-scenes snippets on my Patreon, and the Writing Workshop next year will be focused on the querying/publishing process.

Further, Unrooted will not be removed from Goodreads to my knowledge, so you can still add it to your TBR there.

I will continue to update on the progress here and I would still love to receives asks and interact with you about the project. Your encouragement has brought me so far and I couldn’t be more grateful. 

Once again, I’m so sorry I have to deliver this bad news, but I am optimistic for the future of Unrooted and I will keep you informed as the process continues! 

Exciting Announcement!

I’m Going to BookNetFest!

This September 7-8, I will be at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, FL at BookNetFest as a panelist! 

If you haven’t already, you can register for BookNetFest here. It’s an exciting event for members of the bookish community, from book bloggers to booktubers to bookstagrammers to authors! We’ll get together for panels and sessions and networking, getting a chance to connect with other book lovers from across the internet. 

If you register, you’ll have a chance to also sign up for a Meet-and-Greet with me and the other panelists. 


If you’re at BookNetFest, you might get a chance to receive exclusive access to materials from Unrooted, coming Winter 2018! This might even include ARCs! 

If you can’t attend BookNetFest this year but would still like to help support this totally non-profit event, you can donate to the Kickstarter here. You could get a chance to win something from the First Friday Fairy Tales store

I’m very excited to be attending and participating in BookNetFest for the second year! I hope to see some of you there, and stay tuned for live updates from the event here and on Twitter! 

First Friday Fairy Tales Store!


Welcome, Everyone! I’m so happy to announce that, in honor of the one-year anniversary of “First Friday Fairy Tales” (WOW!!), I’ve opened a Redbubble shop with exclusive FFFT designs and content on apparel, stationery, mugs, and more! Below is just a sample of some of the designs you can find on the store!


This design references both Scandinavian trolls and the Dewey Decimal number 398.2, which is the section you visit if you want to find fairy tales! 


This design lists a few different reasons why you might find yourself single in a fairy tale. The references included here are “Rapunzel,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Cinderella,” “Jorinda and Joringel,” and “The White Cat.” This design is also available purple, green, and blue, and there are versions with each of the different boxes checked.


This design lists a few other reasons why you might find yourself single in a fairy tale. The references included here are “The Golden Goose,” “The Golden Bird,” “The Steadfast Tine Soldier,” “Bearskin,” and “Hans My Hedgehog.” This design is also available purple, green, and blue, and there are versions with each of the different boxes checked.


This basic design lists all the editions of First Friday Fairy Tales for the calendar year of 2018. You can also find one for the upcoming 2019 editions!


These are just some examples of the word cloud designs comprised of the posts from each FFFT series! There’s a version for each month, and a new design will be released every month once the series goes live. 


This design is comprised of all the word cloud designs from the 2017 editions of FFFT: “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Princess and the Pea,” “Snow White,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and “The Little Match Girl.” Available on apparel, tech cases, and other great items, this quirky and smart design is great for showing your support of First Friday Fairy Tales! 

All the items in the shop are reasonably priced, and Redbubble also has frequent sales available! There will also be new designs added to the store at least once a month. Please feel free to let me know what your favorite designs are, what you’d like to see more of, and please reblog the post! 

Wow guys, I’ve been on a roll lately! I already have 120ish posts queued up for the rest of the year, and I still have another 60 or so to go! That’s like 30 posts a month! Posts won’t be daily because some include features like FFFT, but I’ve still got a lot of content coming your way, and I really hope you enjoy it! 

Good Morning, Everyone!

Happy June! This not only marks the start of Pride Month, but it also means that we’re only two seasons away from the release of Unrooted! To celebrate publication getting closer, I’m very excited to launch my professional website and reveal a new blog theme to match! While it’s been fun seasonally changing my color scheme for a few years now, I’ve decided to pick something that will stick. I’ve got a new header and new colors, plus some updated information here and there. A lot is familiar, but it’s a “fresh coat of paint,” if you will.


This month also marks the beginning of some new features, both here and on my Patreon. on Monday, you’ll find a post with all the exciting Iridia Bonus Content that will be appearing on my Patreon for the next several months (some free, some restricted to tiers). There will also be some content that appears here on the blog from time to time. Book Reviews, Recommendation Day, the Diverse Reading Challenge, and First Friday Fairy Tales will all continue! In short, much will stay the same in the way of blog activity, but I now have a stable, professional website to go along with the blog. 

I’ve been putting in a lot of work over the past couple of weeks to get so many things prepped and planned. If you like the changes, feel free to pop on over to my Ko-Fi and let me know! 

Today, enjoy First Friday Fairy Tales, and this weekend we’ll wrap up May’s Diverse Reading Challenge and get a sneak peek at what’s coming up later this year. Thank you again to those of you who follow me and send me asks and are getting excited for Unrooted. We’re only 6-8 months away! 


Sarah Viehmann


Wooooo I had a busy day, you guys!! I’ve been doing a ton of blog prepping, and I now have 60 scheduled posts in the queue that kick off starting on Friday and last through the end of the year (there will be more, but this is a solid start)! These include First Friday Fairy Tale posts, Patreon links, Unrooted/Iridia posts, and more! Also, I’m very excited to announce that on Friday, along with First Friday Fairy Tales, I will be rolling out my new, permanent blog color scheme (no more seasonal changes, sorry!) along with my brand-spanking-new author website! Most things will still be done here on tumblr, but the author website will serve as a professional, stable platform for me as the book moves closer to publication.

Stay tuned for all the excitement!

Status Update

Hey all! I feel like I’ve been a bit quiet recently, but just wanted to let you know I’m still here! 

Things that have happened:

1) I moved into a new apartment and I love it, but there’s been packing/unpacking, stocking up, etc. that comes with the process. 

2) I started the Whole30 program this week, so I’ve been spending more time cooking and being in the kitchen recently (and BOY has it been worth it).

3) I am very excited to say that I got a scholarship to attend the Sirens Conference in October, where I’ll get the chance to learn from and network with other women writers of fantasy! 

4) I’ve been working on prepping exciting posts for my Patreon, namely bonus content for the Iridia series! Some posts will be public, and the others are available at different tiers. I’ll post links on the blog as they come, so consider becoming a patron to gain access to notes, drawings, and behind-the-scenes content for Unrooted!

5) I’m also down with a cold today. Bleh. 

Anyway, I’m looking forward to First Friday Fairy Tales next week, as well as all the monthly wrap-ups! The nice thing about being on vacation is that I’ve gotten a lot of reading done, and I’m excited to share about it! 

That’s the status update!