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Discovering the Inner Spaz or See the Book this Weekend?

Posted on September 29, 2014. Filed under: Advertising & Marketing, Art, Cancer, Just fun!, Poems |


2014 WW Postcard-Front

You are invited to attend the 16th Annual: Waterworks+

An exhibition featuring works in watercolor and mixed media on paper, and this year showing additional works in acrylic and oil.


OCTOBER 4 & 5, 2014   |   NOON – 5 PM

Joan Berry | Mary Pat Byrne | Emily Thornton Calvo | Jane Christino  Cecelia Comito | Bradd EastonPatrick Flood | Marie-Pier Valay Guillaud  Bridget Quinn Kadolph | Molly Kuhn | Dianne Rossell

For info, contact Ed Hinkley 773-539-6047 or

The Spaz Part

I recently received my proof copy of Lending Color to the Otherwise Absurd, my first collection of poems. Holding it in my hands for the first time was amazing. It’s like a new baby. It’s amazing.

Then I realized that this is my last chance to examine the manuscript for typos and design faux pas. If I was publishing with a hotshot publisher, I would trust them to catch this stuff. But I’m not. In lieu of the process of getting a poetry book published, I’ve decided to go solo and self-publish with During this process, I have discovered my inner spaz. That’s right. Cool, laughing Emily can be as neurotic as a bride on Day 1. I came up with that analogy during one of my calls to BookBaby. Their smooth, calm customer service rep was the poster child for attentive and reassuring. That’s when it occurred to me that he would make a great wedding planner.

Anyway, I realized that it was time to get down with my detail-oriented self, which always freaks me out because I can actually feel my brain shift into an uncomfortable yoga position. I whined to my designer/anal retentive daughter (she’s whined enough to me in her life) that I needed her to come over and peruse the book for flaws. She was very accommodating.

Between the two of us, I sent BookBaby final files that I hope are perfect. I DID get that feeling you get when no matter what happens, you know did your best.Then I called BookBaby again to see if I could get a small shipment for a gallery show I will be part of this weekend. They were able to promise 25 copies would arrive on Friday. No window for error. The details are above.  I hope you can take a few minutes to stop in and check it out.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2010

Posted on May 18, 2012. Filed under: Advertising & Marketing, Cancer |

How come we never get as much done as the think we can?  That certainly isn’t unique, but I am impatient with my current capabilities. 

With one client patiently waiting for web copy revisions, I figured I better dust off my desk and see if I recall what I am writing about. Even better, how cool would it be if I actually entered the latest round of changes and sent them along. Before that could happen, I needed to discuss a few of the comments because I wasn’t quite nailing it. I managed to get the info I needed and send off revised docs.
Meanwhile, I found out that my son-in-law spent the night back in the ER due to his excruciating eye injury. In the morning they took him into surgery to see the damage, make repairs and take the pressure off. His parents were on their way up from downstate to help. Rather than being totally worthless in this critical situation, I decided to wrap up my project and go out to Elmhurst to help them out. After all, how much energy does it take to help the grand kids with their homework or fold some laundry? And that’s exactly what I did. For good measure,I asked Scott to come along in case I fell on my face. (My energy is still pretty low. )  We also picked up Tony’s prescription, some soup and a gallon of milk. Being out gave me an opportunity to experiment with tying a scarf around my head, which looked pretty nifty. Scott also did some errands. We headed for home once rush hour subsided. I was tired by then.
Tony was sleeping most of the time.  He felt better and should know more tomorrow.
As for me, my only complaint is my super, dry crusty skin and lips.  I am sure these are chemo effects. I keep lathering on the goo, but it seeps in as soon as it hits. I guess if that’s all I have to complain about, I should be grateful…and I am!
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