Happy Fun Fri-Yay to you All!
I’m going to warn you his post is gonna be long, so feel free to scroll quickly through. Just don’t miss Sarah and Phil’s Spoken Word Poetry. It’s worth the price of admission! I’m only posting twice a week at the moment so that’s the good news for you! 😅
Just when I think life can’t get any busier in expected and unexpected ways, which constantly change moment to moment, it does. We are in phase 3 of the remodel and we have 4 working rooms in the house right now, thank goodness. The dust on every surface in the house is everywhere and boxes and furniture are piled up on each other. It’s hard to find breathing space literally, and creativity and ingenuity are constant necessities since things keep changing. I’ve wheeled my stand-up desk into our bedroom to work so I can try to find respite but working in your bedroom is never optimal with the pillows calling your name when you start nodding off.
I notice the animals have no problem adjusting to the chaos and confusion and find a new spot to be and love hiding in new spaces. I just keep saying to myself, “pretend you’re the cat, be the dog”. Even my 88 year old father who is staying with us while he is recovering from carcinoma mohs surgery he had on his leg Wednesday, is navigating ok. Last week he fell down a stair in the garage when we visited my mom and thank God he was ok.
Today when he woke up he said “I bet you will be glad to get rid of me”. We laughed and I said “we all know that after 4 days, guests smell like fish”. I looked up the origin of the quote and it said 3 days, not 4, so we’re doing pretty well. 🤣
The good news is we should be done with our project by the end of June, just in time to announce some more news that’s also under construction. I’ll share that with you when I get the green light.
My book is coming along and hopefully we’ll have more to share soon. I think I must be the worst client that Ingrid from Experiments in Fiction, has had. Just as she thinks we are ready to wrap things up, I think of something else I want to say in the 7th hour. I don’t want to forget anything and yet, how can I cover everything and who can read everything? NO ONE. It didn’t start out as a teaching memoir so there are lots of things that come to me, most often in the middle of the night, which make for dozing off during the day. Dozing off working with clients is never a good idea, so water and coffee are happy companions.
Take the cover of my book for example which I love, and we were all ready to share it with you today but then my sweet brother-in-law, sent be a painting he made specifically for my cover Monday, that is gorgeous too. While I should just say “thank you so much, but we have chosen one already”; Instead, I say “let me talk to my editor”. I bring it up to Ingrid because it’s wonderful too and I’m torn. She is as kind and gracious as she can muster but deep down, I know she’s thinking, “we have a deadline, and you are not my only client”. Really, I think? Lol.🤣 Imagine how I was when I was birthing babies, if I’m this bad with birthing my book.
I think gosh, “why didn’t I just stick to the poetry book?”. That part is done and would have been easy to throw into a book. Sigh. I realize this will never be me, I labor over every detail as my children will tell you, just like I did when I was raising them.
If you’ve written a book before maybe you’re like me or maybe you sail through it. If you’ve never embarked on the journey, there’s more to it than meets the eye. The structure, composition, placement of words, etc. It’s not unlike our blog writing in some ways but very different in others.
Here, I can ramble like I am now with the hope I drive my point home and am understood and tie things together in the end and one post won’t make or break you. With a book, there must be a beginning, middle and an end and it’s in a form that can’t be erased but in black and white print for everyone to see and there’s no delete button.
I just can’t help sharing a sneak preview with you. These are the 2 working images!
2 different Book Cover Options for my book Re-Create & Celebrate
SPOKEN WORD POETRY By Sarah Kay and Phil Kay
Monday night I went to a friend’s house to see spoken word poetry by 2 of my favorite poets Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye. My friend sat next to Sarah when she was practically a kid at the TED conference in Long Beach many years ago and was WOWED by her when she found out she was one of the chosen entertainers. It was a beautiful evening outside under the stars with the frogs in the background with about 30 of us. The next night they performed at Cowell Theater in San Francisco with 450 people, tonight they are in Los Angeles and then off to Canada on tour. I highly recommend seeing them if you ever have a chance.
The duo has collectively performed in thirty countries on stages from TED Talks to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and garnered over twenty million views online. Their most recent poetry books have both been Amazon bestsellers: “All Our Wild Wonder” by Sarah Kay and “Date & Time” by Phil Kaye. They are co-directors of Project VOICE – an organization that partners with schools and uses poetry to entertain, educate, and inspire.
They are dynamic, creative and all their poetry is inspired by their own lives, like most of us poets. I’m sharing 2 of their poems. One on how they met, “An Origin Story” which is an incredible story, which you can imagine with both sharing the same last name. It’s uncanny. The other is their poem, “When Love Arrives”, also not to be missed.
Enjoy every minute. I have seen them 3 times and never tire of their amazing talent and gifts of sharing.
Report about the Sub Tabs:
Not to end this on a shitty note, so I won’t but since I shared, I was having a dreaded colonoscopy and the Sub Tabs were going well, I wanted to update you on the results. They seemed to work like a charm for my first dosage and then the second dosage, I quickly swallowed all 12 pills quickly because I was getting so tired and thought “I best get the show on the road”. Big mistake as I threw up a bunch of the drink. It seemed to still be working just fine but I fell asleep finally at 4 a.m., when I should have taken miralax to make sure everything was clear. I took it right before I got to the doctor, but it should have been taken 3 hours before arriving. It ended up I had 3 polyps which they sent to the lab, and I was told I was not cleaned out and must come back in a year. OMG, Lovely. Next time, I’m fasting for 3 days and starting at 12 noon instead of 5:30 to be sure, if there is a next time. So the jury is out of the Sub Tabs.
Shark Tank Tonight:
Congratulations to my friend and website designer Eric Bechtal from Gameplan Digital and his client who will be on Shark tank episode which airs tonight Friday on ABC! His client will be the first one that will be pitching on the episode. The company is called Honey Bunchies but recently rebranded to Bon Bee Honey. Break a leg you guys! We’ll be watching and rooting for you!
My daughter Narnia arrives late tomorrow night from Washington D.C. where she took 100 of her 8th grade students with 5 other teachers just in time for Greek Easter. It will be small with 2 of my daughters, son in law, my dad, mom, brother, and father in law. It will be his first time here since moving to his new facility. He’s still in a wheelchair but took 2 steps which is a start.
I’m not sure that I had a beginning, middle and end here and I’m certain I rambled with lots to share. I’m not even sure I’m on point but at least it’s just a post and not my book. 🤣
Have a wonderful weekend whatever you do and may the blessings of the moment stop you to be present to what is as you adapt and find moments of serenity.
Blessings and Love,
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