Dec 21, 2017 What’s next?

I don’t know.

I think I may get this feeling of not knowing what to do next at every year end, but I’m not sure.

I tend to believe that whatever state I’m in, is the state I’ve always been in, and will always be in.

Extreme living in the moment.

Anyway, here I am, and I’m not working. Not creating, not marketing, not planning, nothing, just taking care of house, family and life stuff.

OMG, I just heard myself!

I have work that allows me to take time off and focus on my house, family and life stuff and I’m complaining.

So embarrassed, sorry.

I thought I was having a hard time. Really did, but you guys are good. A big thank you for the reality check.

I have a great life, and the fact that I don’t know what’s coming next can be exciting.

It can be anything! Ooooo, I wonder what it will be …

Okay, now that my head’s on right, let’s recap 2017 and make room for whatever’s coming up.

I need a moment here to consult with my social media feed because I forget …

… Okay, I’m back, and my goodness, a lot happened this year!

  • Everyday People Cartoons was picked up by GoComics
  • I started writing a book. Its working title is: Enough.
  • I stopped writing Enough because I was commissioned to create a book about mindfulness, meditation, and yoga for Adams Media (Simon & Schuster).
  • The book was created and released in the same year. It’s called Unlightenment, A Guide to Higher Consciousness for Everyday People.
  • I was on a panel at Craftadian’s Maker Conference.
  • I submitted to The New Yorker again, and got rejected again.
  • I gave a talk at The Toronto Public Library.
  • I participated in The One of a Kind Show.
  • I celebrated the release of Unlightenment with a party, which I didn’t cancel, which is a really big deal because I have party hosting insecurities, fear, and bizarro beliefs about guest lists.
  • I began Everyday People Mail. A quarterly, subscription based, snail mail surprise. Subscription numbers were low, profits were nil, but I consider it a huge success because I’ve wanted to do this for many years, and I’m very proud of what I created and mailed out.
  • I applied for an Ontario Arts Council grant for Enough, and although the odds of getting this grant are low, I have a feeling I’m going to get it. I’ll let you know in spring of 2018 when I find out.

I could go on.

Wow.

When I began this post, I legit felt that I was having a hard time.

Wow.

Perspective.

I’m going to sit in the not knowingness for a bit, and look forward to whatever 2018 brings!

Nov 9, 2017 Best article ever!

Interviews offer many opportunities for things to go wrong.

The reporter can misunderstand or misquote.

The person being reported on can misinform and misdirect.

That’s why when an interview goes well, and then the article is crisp, it’s cause for celebration!

This is one of those articles, and I can’t thank Meredith Lepore and Levo League for making my first Unlightenment article a wonderful one! Except for one tiny little thing, I’m not sure I can live up to being called the satirist of modern day mindfulness, that title sounds like it would require me to dress better than I do, and not mumble aloud while running errands.

Cathy

Here’s the article

Oct 1, 2017 How my book came to be

On the Thursday afternoon of March break 2017, out of the blue, I received an email from Julia, an associate acquisitions editor at Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, asking if I’d be interested in authoring a book of humorous comics about yoga, meditation, and mindfulness.

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Breathe, Cathy, breathe.

I played it cool, and asked to set up a call to chat about the details.

The next morning, I left my activity-filled home (read: loud children on March break) to get a nice cup of coffee. I then drove to a nearby, quiet, tree-lined street and parked my car (read: mobile office) and sipped on my cappuccino as I waited for Julia’s 10:00 AM scheduled call.

By 10:20 AM, I had a book deal!

(It took 18 years to get to the point where a publisher is contacting me, but that story is for another time.)

They wanted to release the book at the end of this year, so there was a lot to do, and fast!

First there was the contract details to negotiate. I’m happy to report that I got everything that was important to me, and I believe they did too.

Then, I went through the entire 700+ cartoons in my archives, and sent the best ones to the publisher for their consideration.

Then I got down to work. The book needed 50 new cartoons pronto. I said I could do it, and I did, but OMG did I ever work my butt off! I have friends who draw daily cartoons, and they’re probably laughing their butts off because they have to draw a cartoon a day, every day, all the time. But for me, it’s not a pace I’m used to, particularly because I was also experiencing a fresh bout of self-esteem issues related to success. There was a circular conversation in my head that went something like this: “Who am I to do/be/say anything important/worthy/valuable?”. I’ll tell you more about this later too, for now we’ll leave it as a difficult period that I got through with the help of friends, and a mental health professional

The publishing team and I went back-and-forth for months. Going over every archived and new cartoon to make sure that every word and every line was the best it could possibly be. We worked on an introduction and an acknowledgement page, where I thanked every one of you for reading, laughing and encouraging me to continue with your kind words and laughter.

Which brings us to today. The book is complete, at the printers, and available for preorder!

It’s called Unlightenment, A guide to Higher Consciousness for Everyday People, and it’ll be available in book stores big and small, in public libraries, and online at the links below!

Peace and laughter,

Cathy