Underground Bookclub, I AM DEAN HUNT, turtles, hawks, crows and moving on....
"Love what is ahead by loving what has gone before." ~Ginger Lemon teabag
Well---since I skipped out on a Feb posting I am catching up here with a bonus post. You lucky, lucky reader, you! You get a twofer... ;)
This week I was the featured guest author for the www.undergroundbookclub.com. It was a wonderful night with warm, lovely people. A mix of random readers, teachers and a high school librarian. After a month and a half of promoting it at coffeeshops and other venues, the host and group leader, had emailed me this the other day:
"Courtney - I just wanted to touch base with you as we approach the book club meeting. We have had over 500 views the past two months on the site."
(I think many of these hits were driven by the youtube link: www.youtube.com/courtneyawalsh which leads to my booksite: www.lipstickandthongbook.com which leads to this blog link: www.scribechickie.blogspot.com which leads of course to a vortex of fun and excitement)
"We had 15 people interested in the club. Last week - people needed to confirm.
5 have confirmed.
3 said that they cant make it.
The remaining Seven have not confirmed (I have sent them another email).
I hope this is okay - and not a major disappointment to you.
I will let you know tomorrow how many of the remaining seven reply."
My first thought was..."It will be ten." I have no idea where this thought came from...if five were confirmed why would I suddenly think that number would double in a day and a half?
Then the next day I got this email:
Some last minute confirmations.
See you tonight."
Sweet! So I walked into the lovely Main Street Coffee House in East Greenwich, RI there are ten people most of whom are holding my little pink book. Some had downloaded it. And as I walked in one of the members happened to be saying the word, "Thongtastic!"...TRIPPY, much? Surreal and groovy, though.
We had a nice chat and the group leader grilled me thoughtfully with questions he had collected before I arrived. It was definitely good preparation for my gig at Wellesley High School next week...
Then this morning I got an email about a practical web joke by this guy Dean Hunt...
I sent an email around to everyone at work with the subject header: "Help me get a global backlink for Lipstick and Thongs..."
Some fellow nutty people in my office started walking around, getting pumped up for the impromptu video shoot we set up for the afternoon break. A bunch said, "I AM DEAN HUNT!" as they passed me in the hallway. Have I mentioned I love my crazy coworkers? I plan on becoming a major polygamist and marrying each and every one of them. Move over Mitt...there's a new Mormon in town...you can view the footage here: www.youtube.com/courtneyawalsh
Which brings me to the next little tidbit of bittersweet news...
I will soon be leaving them all because my assignment here will be wrapping up. But it's all good really. I believe in cycles...when I first got here on my very first day I saw this massive turtle in the parking lot. I swear that he was smiling/smirking at me. It was like he was saying: "Let the games begin!"
Then on the day I found out that the workflow has slowed down as well as sales...You know it's bad when your boss is praying for a good flu season to sell more cold medicine..I saw two hawks flying overhead and a murder of crows flitting in between them.
Never one to ignore the signs the universe winks in my direction...I looked up crows (one of my fave birds since my initials are CAW) and hawks to see what this might mean...
I found these tidbits that clicked for me:
Red Tailed Hawk Affirmation Card: I am healed and empowered through my visions. My life moves forward.
Those who carry Crow/Raven medicine once they become attuned to it, can begin drawing what they need and value into their own lives. They also have the ability to teach others how to learn to value themselves and others, to go for the gold, the best in one's life and to be open to receive from the Universe.
Yeah...that sounds about right.
Flying into the next question mark, swirling on the wind, unfolding wings, love, hope, humor, dipping, cawing, playing and letting the world be reborn anew moment by moment.
For more info on the Underground Book Club: www.undergroundbookclub.com
Also...Stay looned for yet another site that I'll be designing and hosting (with the help of friends and anyone who doesn't mind exchanging hugs for graphic design until the Powerball winnings come through) and the domain name is: www.loonybus.com
It may be a short bus...but it WILL be a pink one!!!!