Nodes are shrinking

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The nodes continue to shrink. No new spots appearing. Bring on the hot flashes if they keep the good results flowing! Holy crap that was far too nerve wracking. Next CT is in four months, how much living can we squeeze in between now and then, I wonder? ~Catherine

Book Launch Baby

Whew, what a week ahead. There’s still so much to do!

My book launch is coming up this week. I know, I know, the book came out ages ago technically, but I never had a launch. With all the work and emotion poured in, it feels like there should be a party of some sort, no?

So it’s coming up. If you haven’t checked out http://www.strikingly.com/booklaunch for the deets – go on and have a browse. :) A little thrill for me this week was having my story shared in the metro. Since this exposure was for Ottawa, I’ll link you a pdf if you want to check it out.

MetroSo yes, creating a book launch. There’s a load to do considering it’s on Friday. I have a definite threshold on what I’m capable of managing, and my mood cycles between wonder woman and emotional mess on the couch with a load of just “normal day” in between. Normal days are my favourite, but the wonder woman moments are extra memorable.

Things to do:

Create Book Launch Bingo: This is for people to have a reason to chat, and something to do at this launch. Events can be awkward or boring without these little bits of fun. Since I am not hot for readings at these occasions, I’d rather have people meet the book through their own exploration. The bingo works really well there.

Choose pictures for slides:  I’ve got that slide show to set up (people can click through on their own). I love the photographs from my mom’s childhood, plus I turned some book pics into slides too.

Fortune telling: my mom is doing this. On  Wednesday I’ll be teaching her the exact technique used in Claire Never-Ending, so folks can have their fortune told :)

Hashtag: This thing needs a hastag. Maybe #ClaireNeverEnding – but isn’t that too long?

Food: My mom and my friend have kindly stepped in here to help. One is making all kinds of lovely cookies. The other is sorting out cups, drinks (other than the wine, which I have), nibbles. If life was perfect, I’d have food that ties into the book’s themes – but that’s not going to happen this time. Folks will be getting standard nibbles. Zsolt will be pouring drinks for people.

Flow: My friend will also be playing hostess for the evening. So I need to meet with her and explain what she should be saying to people when they arrive (which I plan to figure out today). I’m going to throw music in here because I’m not in the mood to give it its own bullet point. Need to do music too. I’m thinking cafe style music.

Silent Auction: I need to set that up. We need clip boards for the bidding sheets, and I need to create the bidding sheets. I need to work out payment methods. While A Fresh Chapter is a registered charity in the US, it is not a registered one in Canada – as in, you can’t get tax receipts. But you can get lovely items like Lise’s paintings, a photo session, or some watches :) Anyhow, must do this.

Details: And the details, I need to do the details. What will I say when I finally say something to the group? How will I announce the winners of the bingo and auction? Where should I put the book for sale, and who will carry receipts if someone wants one?

Mind you, if all of this fall through it should still be a good time. The book is made, and that’s the best bit!

OH

AND

TUESDAY

it’s Blog Out Loud. This is a big deal to me. I’ll be reading a Bumpyboobs post from 2013 at the event. Honestly, I have trouble believing my post was accepted for the event. But personal insecurities aside, it’s going to be a wonderful occasion. AND I get to hang out with Laurie from Not Just About Cancer because she was selected too! Amazing or Amazing?

Zsolt will be on hand to take pictures during the event, so I’ll let  you know how it goes :) If you live in Ottawa, this is an event to not miss – I have a feeling it’ll be attracting many, many great people from the area. It’s one of the only blogging events that I know of, apart from conferenes.

 

No more procrastinating! Time to get to work.

P.S. I’ll leave you with this picture. Another paper had considered sharing my story and was like, “get me a picture of you and the book within the next 30 minutes, if you can!” I was sick and in bed when this happened, so jumped out of bed, took a shower, put on the makeup, and had my man snap this picture. Then I rushed to the computer and sent them along, only to receive a notice 24 hours later that I’d written the incorrect email address and she’d never received the images . . . and for sure not within that 30 minute window. Bah. Well, waste not want not – I’m putting the picture here at least. And on the bright side, I have a picture of myself and the book finally :)

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Oh, my friend Lou will be snapping pictures at the book launch. How lucky am I?! She’s a wonderful photographer.

Now I’m really done. Happy Sunday.