The video is of my first book signing for Delightfully Different at the local Barnes and Noble. Thanks Ipo for arranging this and coming in on your day off for me. You can view the short video above to see it.
I got to meet new people including someone who works at the DOE here who will be taking my book into the public schools when school returns. I was also pleasantly surprised to see an old friend from my daughter’s preschool days who happens to be an elementary school teacher. She too purchased the book. I met other wonderful people as well, and all of you helped to restore my faith in the goodness of people. I know others want real change in our schools and society too.
Mahalo to my friends who came to my book signing despite the fact that they all already had signed copies of my book. Not only did they come, but they bought more copies for friends. One couple came even though they had a big graduation party planned the next day for their youngest daughter. I love my friends!
I attended the graduation party for a wonderful young woman, our close friends’ daughter and sister to our former house and dog sitter the next day. While the second event in two days involved sitting longer, I survived with my extra, store brought, first brace along with the doctor prescribed back brace. I iced my back and used heat and Advil a little more often the following two days as a result. Still, I am grateful that I could participate in both events.
June 29, 2011 brought more good news. I have an endorsement from the man so many of us admire, Dr. Tony Attwood, clinical psychologist and author of several books on Asperger’s including The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. I gave him a copy of Delightfully Different a while back after attending one of his delightful and informative conferences. He agreed to read it and offer his comments for publication.
Here is what he said, “There are many facts within fiction. This captivating story provides invaluable insights into the childhood of a girl who has Asperger’s syndrome. Fiction allows the author to explore different perspectives and add poignancy to the experiences of sensory sensitivity and being bullied and teased of someone who has Asperger’s syndrome. The title Delightfully Different describes Asperger’s syndrome but also the qualities of this novel.”
Thank you Tony! I think I owe you more Kona coffee!
Needless to say, I will be contacting iUniverse tomorrow to see about redoing my book cover so I can add his wonderful comments.
Then, I also got a quick responses from my wonderful blogging friends regarding a request that I will not post, but they all know who they are. I love my very supportive blogging community of friends. I really do not know how I survived before I had all of you. We may only know each other virtually, but we do know each other and for that I am truly grateful.
Oh Sue, this is wonderful! Congratulations! I’m so proud of you. Great job. Great awareness. Great service to our community.
I’m sorry I haven’t stopped by lately. In summer I hardly have time to read or write. I have closed down my Autism blog for privacy concerns (Always said I would do that once facial recognition software came online). I will start a new one in the next few months that has nothing to do with Autism or parenting, it will be spirituality based.
I hope you are having a great summer in beautiful Hawaii!
I am so glad you stopped by as I have been wondering what happened to you. I did try to stop by your blog and saw it was closed. I am glad you are okay. I get the privacy thing believe me.
We are all doing well. I will try to e-mail you the details later. Suffice it to say things are heading in very good direction here, and I am very proud of the way my daughter is coping and sharing her real story with others. That’s the most I’ll say about it directly on my blog because I am still the protective Grizzly bear mom.
I have been debating what direction I want my blog to take and while I still plan to do the occasional posts on autism and bullying related issues along with forgiveness and gratitude, I am thinking about branching out and focusing more on posts related to writing. I am currently brain storming and outlining the next book.
I hope you have a wonderful summer and please let me know when you do start that new blog.
Wow! Congrats on a successful book signing and so glad to hear that the word is spreading. And Tony Attwood – I am in awe, that is so amazing!!
I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. 🙂
Thank you! Tony Attwood is the greatest and I am so grateful to him. His book came into my life just when I needed it and then this past fall he came to my town just as I was finishing up my manuscript! Talk about timing! Now I just have to figure out how to get the word out and especially how to get it to those who aren’t as familiar with Asperger’s or even autism spectrum at all. If you have any ideas or know anyone who does let me know please!
I hope you and yours have a wonderful long weekend too!
I am just so happy that it went so well!!!!! Congratulations!!!!! I am going to see my dad over the weekend and I am going to let him know that you bought his book. If I know my dad then he will be ordering your book to read! Again, this is just wonderful and I am so, so, so happy that it was a success!!!!
Thank you! I’m so glad you stopped by and I am so glad you got good news too!