The Big Day is Here!
Normally I publish blog posts on Saturday mornings, but due to tomorrow's Indie Author Day event at the downtown Buffalo library, I am posting this a day early. Also I have been so busy this week that I don't have time to write a typical length blog post. In preparation for the big day, I have devoted much time to promoting my book and the event. I composed a book poster that I printed and brought to a FedEx Office store to have blown up and attached to a poster board with easel to display at my table. I also wrote a one-page author bio to hand out to potential readers at the event. However, the largest chunk of time was running around taping copies of both the book poster I wrote and copies of the event posters sent to me by a Buffalo library employee. I went to all my alma maters- Canisius High School, Canisius College and the University at Buffalo's medical school and school of public health to place posters in high traffic areas. I also taped copies of both posters to lamp posts near libraries and prominent spots along the Elmwood and Hertel Avenue commercial strips in Buffalo. I hope my effort bears some fruit in the form of more copies of my book being bought at the Indie Author Event. It has already led to one tangible benefit- I was notified via email by the CHS director of communications that the school is interested in mentioning my book in the alumni news and notes section of its monthly magazine mailed out to all current and former students.
But it hasn't been all work and no play though either. I also watched Games 4 and 5 of my favorite baseball team, the New York Yankees, complete their stunning comeback against the highly favored Cleveland Indians, who lost in the World Series last year, then won 33 of their last 37 regular season games, including a record 22 consecutive games, this season. The Yankees were such a young team that they were not expected to even make the playoffs. So to knock off the Indians was a pleasant surprise for Yankee fans and way ahead of schedule for a rebuilding team. I think the Astros are the better team and should win the American League Championship Series, but if these Yanks could beat the team with the best record in the A.L. , it is not out of the question they can upset the Astros as well.
Furthermore, my sister and I are going to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra pops concert tonight- a tribute to John Lennon just four days after the anniversary of his birth. The show will include a rock band fronting the orchestra, and should feature songs from the Beatles as well as Lennon's solo career. I'm sure it will be a great performance as the BPO pops concert series has never disappointed me before, and John Lennon, with his deeply intellectual writing style, brooding personality, and irreverent wit made him my favorite Beatle.