a foto extravaganza!!
honestly, if you asked me to tell you in chronological
order what happened at my first book launch party–
i wouldn’t do a very good job of it. i know in the beginning,
marie (from the blueboards!) arrived early with her lovely
daughter. i was so surprised as she lives in los angeles.
actually, i think khy was the first to arrive! she even
tweeted about sighting cindy pon and was “approaching”. like
i was some sort of alien species or rabid gorilla. it made
khy is a hs freshman and most def has awesome bangs
and cool glasses to boot. i think she’s absolutely fabulous!
she even wore a chiense themed shirt for the occasion. yes,
i do want to shrink khy and keep her in my pocket! =D
she was there to film a “documentary” of my first signing along
with partner in crime, jordyn. i’ve yet to see footage. eee! ha!
jordyn is “old” at almost twenty. hee!
it’s funny because i remember my teen years so well.
gosh. why am i surprised i wrote YA by “accident”?
they were the perfect video accomplices and it was a lot
of fun to have them there as they hung out the entire time,
browsing through the bookstore and (i hope!) eating
lots of yummy desserts! like these…
i catered using (what else?) extraordinary desserts
and went with mini choccie cupcakes, brownie bites,
macaroons, creme brulee, fruit tarts and mini carrot
cake cupcakes. alas, a book signing is very much like a
wedding banquet–i didn’t have any time to eat. (i made
for a very grouchy bride! but i was in better humor at
the book signing? maybe i’ve matured? *nods* ha!)
and then, well, then things started getting a little crazy.
people came in, i sat down, and didn’t stop signing or
taking fotos with my friends until the very end. i saw
this most of the time.
[many of these fotos courtesy of daddy khy–who stayed the
entire time after driving two hours to the signing. what an awesome
what were you thinking, cindy?
i was thinking, please spell everything right.
please don’t write too messy. there were many people
who i had not seen in a while and wanted to chat to, but
most of the time, it was them chatting and me nodding cause
anything more and i would have kapooted.
i was also thinking : how the heck does neil g do this and
make it look so easy?
and i was also also thinking : are they eating the desserts?
did i order enough? will there be any left for me? =p~
[some of my lovely critique group friends : kirsten, amber,
baby henry and eveie!]
one of the biggest surprise was amber flying all the way
out from maryland with 5 month old henry to come to my
signing. she moved away over a year ago and when she came
up to say “hi” while i was signing, her presence just could not
register. ha! i almost cried! and i hate crying!!
the “surprise” was outed several times via email but i hadn’t
really caught on! thank you amber! i can’t wait to see you again
at a conference next year or at YOUR book signing. =D
[the brat pack! =D connor, amy, me, heather and aaron!]
these are my buddies from my 9 – 5 days! we do lunch
every month and the best thing is? i got them hooked onto
young adult books! hee! and yes, this was also the prom girls
and we may very well have to meet edward at the theatres in
fancy dress for new moon viewing.
i had met shweta, sharon and zac at the neil g signing and
it was such a pleasure to see them again. and so nice of everyone
from online to come and support me.
i also love this foto with shweta and her lucky hippo friend!
cami is also a long time online friend. when i first began reading
her blog, she hadn’t even graduated from college yet. of course, that
doesn’t give you much to go on cause she still looks 22. ha!
and last but not least, kiersten took time out of her busy day
(i know how hectic weekends are for all families!) to come to
the signing. i wish i had more time to chat!! i wish it so for everyone!
loveliness only rivaled by her mini-me, who was
adorable! when i spelled out kiersten’s name first
to make sure i got it right, her sweet pea said, mommy
she’s GOOD at that. hee! and i’m 5.11 in my heels so i’m
towering over most everyone. =O
so there you have it!
my very first official launch party as a verifiable
honest to goodness my license and certificates are
in a cheap frame hanging askew on the walls AUTHOR!
thank you so much to everyone who has entered my
contest. it’s not too late–you have until june 8 to do
one or all on the list to earn raffles! i’m off to san francisco
in a few days for my northern cali launch party–and
will be meeting many people for the first time up there.
really looking forward to it!
i shall leave you with another signed SILVER PHOENIX giveaway,
kindly hosted over at martha flynn’s site! all you need to do
is comment with a favorite asian actor, film or book to win.
contest runs through MAY 7th.
i’ll see you in a few days in san fran, martha!! =D