A Most Happy Day Indeed

20140506-071347.jpg It is almost 2 years to the day that I had my appointment in New York with my now publisher Sterling. What an exciting and a tad nervous day that was. Then began the whole creative process of bringing an idea into something tangible that you hold in your hands began. It has been such a joy. Mostly. I am not going to fib and not say I didn’t have a few sleepless nights. But doing something you have not done before can at times be nerve wracking. But also exhilarating at the same time. You feel alive. The book is a piece of me. My heart & soul went into each of those pages. The biggest compliments I have received from folks who have read it is that it is so me. I really don’t want that to sound egotistical. I just really wanted the book to be real. The word authentic gets bantered around all too often these days, but that is what I wanted from these pages. That photo of the chicken for the roasted chicken recipe, we had that for dinner that night after I photographed it. That table setting, we actually had friends over for dinner and that is how it was set. I so very much wanted it all to be real. For I think all of us can live a beautiful life. I wanted it to inspire. We can all do this. My life is no more special than anyone else’s. I just wanted to share a glimpse into our world so readers could see that they can do something similar with their own spin added to bring them huge happiness. The book was always meant to be a gift. A gift to the reader. A gift to give to friends. A gift to inspire. I so hope I hit the mark.

Now the day begins. Oh what a fun first book signing day it will be, finishing off with the launch party tonight. I snapped this photo below right as I left last night. Green balloons scattered about the shop signaling the festivities ahead. Truly, thank you all again. I really can’t say it enough.

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  1. So excited for you

  2. Congratulations, Ted! I hope you have a wonderful day and celebration! Well deserved! (I purchased a copy yesterday at my local Chapters Bookstore and am so enjoying reading through this excellent and inspirational guide. Wonderful words and photographs. Exactly as I knew it would be!)

  3. Dear Ted,
    Sending congratulations and as much excitement and happiness that can be conveyed via the written word. You, sir, shall be my new favorite best-selling author!

  4. …and guess what I got in the mail today???? Your book!!! Now to sit and look at it. Looks amazing.

  5. So fun to share your excitement… it’s like you’ve had a precious baby! And in a manner of speaking, you have… one of your very own creation. Congratulations on your labor of love and thank you for sharing your happy enthusiasm. Life can be so very good when we share joy.

  6. Ted – I am such a fan. Congratulations on your book. I can’t wait to get it. Best wishes!

  7. Mary, proper thanks coming in the mail when we return to Seattle but oh my word, I LOVED my gift!!! Thank you so much, Ted

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