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Pre-Sale Orders Now Shipping
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If you pre-ordered a copy of my new poetry chapbook, Across An Aqueous Moon: Travels in Autism, Finishing Line Press will begin shipping this week!

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So check your mailbox. It will be there soon!

Thank you for your ongoing love and support through my publishing journey.

Until next time,
Cynthia

It’s Here!
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At long last, my first poetry chapbook, Across An Aqueous Moon: Travels in Autism, is here!

Yes, it’s a few months late. But does that really matter at this point?

I can honestly say, no, it does not. Any pain and suffering is forgotten once the book is in your hands.

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As soon as I opened the box, I sat down and read the book cover to cover. Thankfully, I found no typos! But mostly what I realized is that I am so, so proud of my work.

It was a long, strange journey to arrive at this place, starting with a nasty thumb infection and a random text. Nearly two years later, I have a book. A tiny book, but a book nonetheless. My first.

This is such an exciting time!  I hope it’s a sign of good things to come. Now I need to learn all I can about book promotion….

Until next time,
Cynthia

Final Galleys Are Here!
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The final galleys for Across An Aqueous Moon: Travels in Autism have arrived!!

For those of you that don’t know, galleys are the publisher’s layout of a forthcoming book. It’s kind of like the publishing version of a draft.

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About six weeks ago I reviewed the first set of galleys for typos, errors, and any missing stuff. Then the  Finishing Line Press editors made the necessary changes, and now we are doing another (final) round of review. So far I have only found one minor typo on the back cover–which I did not review last time. Still, I am being extra careful.

This is both an exciting and terrifying time for me. Across An Aqueous Moon goes to print in about a week!

Next week I will be done with my obsessive re-reading of the book and will return with a new installment of An Unplanned Life. Thank you for your ongoing love and support.

Until then,
Cynthia

Essay Selected For Modern Dating Anthology
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antique vintage typewriterMy essay, “Pick Ups at the Dog Park,” was selected last summer for publication in an anthology entitled, Rendezvous in the Rough: Essays from the 21st Century Dating Trenches. Six weeks later, my poetry manuscript was accepted for publication, and to be honest, with everything that was happening with the book, I forgot about the dating anthology.

A year passed. Eventually I remembered the anthology, but by then I figured it was dead. Which was disappointing, but what could I do?

Last week I received an email and guess what? The anthology has a publisher!

Dealing with topics such as online dating, sexting, and dating after divorce, the collection explores what has and hasn’t changed in how we date and find love in the 21st Century. Edited by Danita Berg and MacKenzie Jennings, the anthology will contain witty, wry, raw, insightful, and humorous essays on the modern, technology-enhanced dating experience. Which is funny because absolutely no technology, modern or otherwise, is involved in my story. Nevertheless, it’s a funny little tale.

As always, it’s an honor to have my work published, and I absolutely love the title. Don’t you?

After a year-long delay, the dating anthology is once again moving forward. Woohoo! I’ll keep you posted as I learn more.

Until next time,
Cynthia

 

Galleys for Across An Aqueous Moon Are Here!
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The galleys for Across An Aqueous Moon: Travels in Autism have arrived!!

For those of you that don’t know, galleys are the publisher’s layout of a forthcoming book. It’s kind of like the publishing version of a first draft.

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This week I will review the galleys for typos, errors, and any missing stuff. The Finishing Line Press editors will make the necessary changes, and then we will do another (final) round of review. Hopefully by the second time, there will be no mistakes!

I’ve glanced at the galleys and already caught a typo (it helps to be a former editor!), but overall, everything looks pretty good. I plan to go over the galleys carefully and send the marked up hard copy back next week.

This is a really exciting milestone for me. The book is getting close!

Until next time,
Cynthia

Release of Across An Aqueous Moon Delayed
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Finishing Line Press expected to publish my debut poetry collection, Across An Aqueous Moon: Travels in Autism, this week on June 24th. Unfortunately, due to a new printer and other unforeseen events, the release date has been postponed by eight weeks. This means that my book will be hitting bookstores in early September.

I will post updates when I have an exact date and can schedule the release party!!

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Cover artwork by Nathan McKenna. Cover design by Elizabeth Maines.

The pre-sales period for the chapbook was a huge success. I sold more than 100 copies, which doubles my print run (and payment). Many thanks to everyone who purchased a copy. Your book(s) will be shipped as soon as the book is released. My apologies for the delay.

Thank you again for your support.

Until next time,
Cynthia

Petaluma Reader’s Theatre to Revive Production of Fatherhood
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I’m super excited to announce that the Petaluma Reader’s Theatre (PRT) will be reviving their show, Dear Ole Dad: A Tribute to Fatherhood, which includes my story, There’s No Daddy Here. The show is on Saturday, June 18th at 7:30 pm in Petaluma.

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This is the third show of a monthly series at the Prince Gallery in Petaluma. The shows will occur every 3rd Saturday.

Rough and ready, slick and sophisticated or dowdy and squat. Whatever their shape, size, or demeanor, fathers seem to always have a soft spot in our hearts. Whether we like it or not. Come hear these interesting, disturbing, enlightening stories, brought to life by the talented PRT cast. Tickets are $12. Available here and at the door.

If you can, see this show. You won’t regret it.

Until next time,
Cynthia

TWO DAYS LEFT to Pre-Order My New Book
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Finishing Line Press will publish my debut poetry collection, Across An Aqueous Moon: Travels in Autism, this summer. The pre-sales period for the chapbook is currently underway. Sales made during this period determine the size of the print run. Therefore, my goal is to sell 110 copies, and I’m well over halfway there. Woohoo!

Please help me reach my goal by sharing this information with your family, friends, coworkers, and anyone else who might be interested in a story in poems in which a single mother faces, adoption, autism, divorce, and dating with strength, hope, acceptance, and love.

 

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If you’d like to pre-order a book, you have until Monday, May 2nd at 9 a.m. PST. Cover artwork by Nathan McKenna. The book is scheduled to release Summer 2016.

Thank you for your support.

Until next time,
Cynthia

Flyer for Autism Awareness Event
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Here’s the flyer for the autism awareness event that I will be reading at with Connie Post and Anne Ross on Saturday, April 23, 2016, called Celebrating Life on the Spectrum. The event will feature poetry and prose dealing with autism spectrum disorder. Marilyn Kammelgarn will read selections from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum, which includes my story, The Most Popular Girl.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Autism A to Z. To learn more about the organization, go to AutismA-Z.org.

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This is going to be a great event. I can’t wait!

Until next time,
Cynthia

Two Weeks Remain for Pre-Sales of My New Book
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Advance sales of my poetry collection, Across An Aqueous Moon: Travels in Autism, are almost over. The pre-sales period ends April 29th. My goal is to sell at least 110 copies, as the advance sales determine the size of the print run. I’m proud of this book and want it to reach as many people as possible, particularly those impacted by autism spectrum disorder. Therefore, if you are inclined to purchase a copy, please do so now. 

You can order the book from the Finishing Line Press website here.

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The book is scheduled to be released on June 24, 2016.

Until next time,
Cynthia