"Biting Back takes a compelling look at self-care, setting boundaries, and protecting ourselves from friends, loved ones, enemies, and sometimes even ourselves. Written in a page-turning and warm style, Claudia’s refreshing addition to the self-help shelves offers empowering solutions to effectively remind us to stop inviting troubleinto our homes and souls." -- MELODY BEATTIE, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF CODEPENDENT NO MORE































Friday

This Is It



So. Today's the day my wonderful local bookstore, Page by Page Books, is hosting a book signing for me and Biting Back.  This is the picture that Marilyn, the store's owner, took of the display that's sitting there as we speak.

The place is gorgeous.

The food is going to be lovely.

There's even going to be champagne.

I've got a new dress and scarf.

Earrings.  Bracelet.

Lipstick.

Mascara.

I'm having trouble breathing, though, as I am not what you'd call "a relaxed public speaker."

In fact, I made it through high school speech class (twice) without ever giving a speech: that's the kind of scared I get.

I'm going to try it anyway: after all, I actually finished writing a book and it got published, which, next to getting sober, married, and having Madeline is the coolest thing that's ever happened to me. Also, my friends want to come and celebrate. And one last thing: I'm fifty-two years old now and sick and tired of being pushed around by my fears. If I start reading and have to exit and run screaming down the street, so be it. At least I'm going to try. Otherwise I'll someday have to say that I didn't even do that much.

Thanks everyone.

Now here goes.

7 comments:

jjdebenedictis said...

*waves pom-poms* You can do eeet!

pvs said...

Thanks, honeybunch. I'm going to do my best to keep that image in my mind...xo!

Kate said...

Wish I could jet there to join the party! BJ will bring some of my energy & it will all be positive. Looking forward to reading your book.

Sherri said...

I wish I could be there! I just know you're going to be fabulous. Don't let those fears push you around! The worse that can happen is someone feels sympathy for your nervousness. Sympathy is not scary. :)

Buzz Stephens said...

You just slay me!
Rock on with your bad self!

And best of luck on everything.

Wolfdarlin said...

You were great! It's scary to face our fears not that I think I need to tell you that. At first I thought you were going to run lol, Angie and I chuckled about it. You set a fine example for all of us. Thank you. Thank you for the book.

claudia said...

You are somethin else, Ms. Wolfie. thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!