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

Sep 18, 2017 Too Busy to Exercise

I’m a busy woman.

I run a business that requires me to be creative and self-disciplined. A business that consists of only me.

I have two children and a husband who depend on me to do my share of running a household.

I have friends and family who want to spend time with me.

I could go on, and I’d likely convince any reasonable person that I absolutely do not have the time to exercise today.

Only thing is, it’s not true.

I have the time.

It’s the desire and motivation that I don’t have.

But, I’m off to Pilates class anyway.

And in time, I’ll be glad I did.

Sep 15, 2017 The Kind of Yoga I Like

I love the practice of yoga.

Not the kind of yoga that gets one steaming hot, contorted, and wearing clothes that costs more than I’d pay for a fancy dress.

I prefer a different kind.

One where the instructor is cautious and makes sure that everyone is striving for their personal edge, but not beyond.

One that I can do anywhere at anytime, like the middle of a frozen lake in Northern Ontario as I did last year.

One where I wear my most comfortable clothes, and no one cares (or likely even notices) that they’re a tad ratty.

One that I can do anywhere, even in the middle of a frozen lake in Northern Ontario.

That’s the kind of yoga I love, and that’s the kind of yoga I’ll be talking about at Booth 429B at the Yoga and Wellness Show at the Enercare Centre in Toronto on September 30 and October 1, 2017.

There will also be people there that love yoga that gets one steaming hot, contorted, and wearing clothes that costs more than I’d pay for a fancy dress.

But if there’s one thing that yoga has taught me, it’s that peace of mind and well being are for everyone, even those that do things different than me.

Tickets for the show, which include: classes, shopping, samples, giveaways, and food can be purchased at www.yogawellnessshow.com

Sep 12, 2017 A Thank You Note from a Lovely Customer

Back in the day.

Almost everyday.

I’d get an email from a business person that went something like this:

Hi Cathy. I love your cartoons, and would like to use one in my newsletter (or PowerPoint presentation, web site, etc). Please let me know what the cost is. Thank you.

Today, not so much.

Sometimes, I’ll get an email that goes something like this:

hey. i’m a very important person with a large following. i’m going to use your work to help promote my business which is really good exposure for you.

Most of the time, they don’t even ask or inform me. I guess the very important person with a large following just assumes my gratitude, and uses my work without permission, often without credit, and occasionally making changes to my work to suit their needs.

This used to make me angry, but today, it mostly makes me sad.

That’s why it was so nice when Susan E. Collins, Ph.D., an Associate Professor from the University of Washington emailed to ask about using one of my cartoons in a talk she was giving.

I emailed the cartoon to her in the proper format. I then emailed an invoice, and when she mailed her check, she took the time to include a thank you note.

Sep 7, 2017 Om Cartoon

The twirl and swirl of life surrounds me, often, a lot, usually.

Sometimes I’m able to be still in the center of it all. Sometimes not.

Read all about when I do and when I don’t in my new book coming out in November 2017!

It’s called Unlightenment: A Guide to Higher Consciousness for Everyday People.

Available for pre-order now on Amazon