It’s been an exciting few weeks since How To Climb The Eiffel Tower was released. I have been doing a radio tour talking to people about the book and cancer survivorship. If you are in the Colorado, Washington, New York, or Kentucky areas, tune in and listen to the conversations. Some of the radio stations I spoke to last week have archive feeds, which I have included.
We had a lovely time at the launch party for How To Climb The Eiffel Tower.
I was overjoyed that we had such a nice crowd for a short reading and question and answer period. After the months of preparation, it was great to finally be able to talk with people about the book. The folks at our local Barnes & Noble were extremely gracious and even found more chairs when we ran out. Thanks, Val.
On another note, I have several guest posts running this week. Check out these blogs to read my posts, then click around a bit and get to know Eileen and Julie.
Lara Blaine believes that she can hide from her past by clinging to a rigid routine of work and exercise. She endures her self-imposed isolation until a cancer diagnosis cracks her hard exterior. Lara’s journey through cancer treatment should be the worst year of her life. Instead, it is the year that she learns how to live. She befriends Jane, another cancer patient who teaches her how to be powerful even in the face of death. Accepting help from the people around her allows Lara to confront the past and discover that she is not alone in the world. With the support of her new friends, Lara gains the courage to love and embrace life. Like climbing the Eiffel Tower, the year Lara meets Jane is tough, painful, and totally worth it.
You may remember a few months back, I contributed to a project where I was asked to give advice to a younger version of myself regarding my writing career. Well, the project is complete. Carrie Butler and PK Hrezo did a wonderful job putting the collection together and I am honored to be included in its pages.
Here is what Carrie said about the project. –
Hey there, fellow writer! Here’s the lowdown on this project: To celebrate my third blogoversary, I decided to pay it forward by inviting the writing/blogging community to help those just starting on their publishing journey. Why? Because it’s one of the most crucial periods in a writer’s life—full of nerves and hope we refuse to acknowledge. We’ve all been there. That’s why over sixty of us have written letters to our past selves, candidly sharing things we don’t always discuss in public. The hope is that those of you who haven’t published will learn from our experiences. And those of you who have published? Well, you just might realize you’re not alone. Let’s keep this going. 🙂 – Carrie Butler P.S. I’d like to give a shout-out to my friend and fellow compiler, P.K. Hrezo. She really helped rally support for this project! Please share this project with your writing friends. It is filled with great advice.
Where to pick up your copy of this free compilation:
As if I didn’t have enough going on with a new book coming out in October, I am also launching a new project. Please help me spread the word.
In talking to readers about the characters in How To Climb The Eiffel Tower, quite a few people have told me that they had a friend like Lara or Jane that helped them get through their cancer experience. Their stories have inspired me to compile a collection of stories and memories about the people you meet in hospital waiting rooms. They are a disparate group of people thrust together because they have one thing in common – cancer. The juxtaposition of moments of high anxiety with hours of mind numbing boredom makes the waiting room the perfect place for spontaneous, candid conversations. I want to hear about those conversations.
Are you a cancer survivor? Did you strike up a friendship with someone you met in the hospital? Did your friends help you get through the experience? Tell me about it. Write a short post (somewhere between 50 and 2000 words) about how friendship influenced your cancer journey. Really, I want to hear about it.
Do you know a cancer survivor? Share this project with them. It will give them a chance to reflect on the more positive moments from their cancer treatment.
I have put together a dedicated page for the project on this blog – Waiting Room Friends Projectwhere people can link blog posts to the project.
How do I participate?
Post your story on your blog, then sign-up on the Inkylist on the project’s page so everyone can visit your blog to read it.
Email me your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note if you give me your permission to share your story and I can use your real name. Anonymous reflections are welcome.
Tweet, post, talk, shout about the project wherever you hang out online.
Talk to the cancer survivors in your life and encourage them to share their stories.
Depending on the volume of responses I receive to this project, I plan to compile the stories in an ebook. Any proceeds would be donated toward cancer research. Watch this space for updates as the project gets underway.
I’m excited to share the book trailer for How To Climb The Eiffel Tower with everyone. The visuals were put together by the talented Elizabeth Turnbull of Light Messages Publishing and the music was written by my brother, Tony Trippi.