Launch of After Yasi

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Welcome to the Launch of After Yasi, Finding the Smile Within.  So wish it was possible to be with you all in person.

I did think about doing a live broadcast, but am not quite that advanced yet. One day. Instead here is the launch program for today and if you like for inspiration and to imagine we are all together in real space visit the video of the launch of the physical book.

Make sure you have your favourite healthy or unhealthy snack with you, and if you can your favourite people, friends, family, or pets.

Now be prepared for a travel through some links and keep this page open so you can see where to go to next.

Do any or all of the 8 activities, listed to participate in the launch. It’s totally up to you what you do, in what order etc.

Activities

  1. Listen to this poem –  Breathe
  2. Visit Mel Irvine’s post and any others in the blog hop and leave a comment Creative Recovery: human responses to natural disaster
  3. Watch a video story  (recommended Operation AngelBack on Track, Compilation Trailer).
  4. Visit the instrumental of Angie by Ben and the joint instrumental of Sandon and Ben – Stairway to Heaven [will make this link public later today all our friends can access it now]
  5. Head over to the live chat (times are later in the post.  This is low tech and just type in your comments at the facebook event site under where we begin the chat).  If you don’t have facebook post your comments under this blog and me and my family will answer them here.
  6. Leave comments on any spot in the blog hop for your chance to win a photo print  from the book (your choice) or a free copy of the ebook (you can still do this for the next few days).
  7. Any time today: Share an inspiring memory of the days,week, months, years, after Yasi of something kind you did or something kind someone else did for you (say if you want it considered for inclusion in the smilewithin.blogspot.com website).  Do it in your facebook status and or on twitter add the hash tag #afteryasi
  8. If you feel inspired buy  the ebook  HERE.

Feel free to scroll back through this week and leave comments as well.  And feel free to share this link and invite all you think would love participating.

Live Chat

At following times – pop in and chat. LIVE CHAT AT THIS LINK (or if no facebook under this post)

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

3 Times below for the live chat beginnings, this is to attempt to cater for Australian, US and UK participants.

3rd of February 11am – 12 midday(Australia, Queensland, Brisbane time)
3rd of February 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm (Australia, Queensland, Brisbane time)
3rd of February 10pm -11pm (Australia, Queensland, Brisbane time)

Please to work out when to be there wherever you are in the World or Australia use this http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Suggestions for the online chat:

  • How to turn a negative into a positive
  • How to become a community grass roots documentary maker or artist
  • Affirmation – Acts of compassion and kindness
  • The ebook journey

The upside of this approach is that you can complete it at your own pace, any time today, but there are also some times I will be online for a live chat.  Some of my family, including my dear hubby will be turning up for these live chats.  I’m sure those of you who know David know that he can be hilarious.

Please let  me know with a smile icon or short message that you have popped in even if you don’t want to say much and just want to read, watch, listen.

I’ve been posting some thankyou lists, and will do a separate post on that tomorrow just to keep the blog short.

You can also check out

My storify collection

Videos

Blogspot archive

Explore ABC Open’s Aftermath Project 

After Yasi 4 year Anniversary – nearly here

February 2nd in Australia.

It’s been  weekend of reviews and this morning a profound chat with Ali.

Tomorrow it will be 4 years since Cyclone Yasi made landfall.  Presently Tropical Cyclone Ola looks like it won’t be too much hassle.  One of our sources of information during Yasi, other than the BOM site and ABC, were Oz Cyclone Chasers.  I still check their site to see how things are brewing in the Far North.

There is just one more blog hop  for the After Yasi Virtual Book tour, and then a wrap up post and launch.

The final blog we’ll visit is of profound and compassionate musician, Melinda Irvine, who is herself now working in Aftermath recovery in the Phillipines.

Over the weekend Carol Campbell,  Gail Kavanagh and Owen Allen posted reviews of the ebook.

“The eBook is an interactive experience that links to blogs and sources that show how people coped with the cyclone and the aftermath. It’s a rich trail of material that celebrates the human spirit in all its facets – despair, pain, recovery, optimism and resilience.blghopchristine

Among the highlights for me are Christine Jenkins and the anchor she tied to her house; Mr Hardy and his chainsaw optimism; and the wonderful poem Cassowaries Can Fly.”
Gail Kavanagh

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“Having an interest in contemporary dance, I particularly appreciated that one of the recovery events that June documented was a dance workshop run by local dancer Danielle Wilson. Contemporary dance is still a less well-developed community art form in Australia.” Owen Allen

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This morning Ali Stegert has shared her interview focusing on yasi and its impact on children and youth,  with thought provoking questions inspired by her background as a school counsellor.

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Don’t forget that if you leave a comment on any of our blogs included in the virtual tour you will have a chance to win a free copy of the ebook or copy of the photographic print from the book.  Your chance to comment for a prize continues until the 6th of February.

How to use Silly to Cope with a Natural Disaster

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Today I flew in to Jedda Bradley’s facebook space for a chat.

It was bucket loads of fun – the full interview mentions reality tv, chocolate, guinea pigs, chainsaws, and Hamish and Andy.  

To read why visit  Jedda Bradley’s Artist Page.  Here is a short extract.

Chatting with Jedda

Ten BIG, medium and tiny Questions for June….who lived through the terrifying nail-biting cyclone Yasi that hit the Cassowary Coast of North Queensland and then she had to clean the s*** up. Really not fair! I mean, it’s bad enough going to a scary movie and having to remember to take my popcorn box and my coke container to the bin but this kind of clean up you can’t even get the hoover out and just let it suck everything up.

So June….

1) What implement is most effective in cleaning up after a cyclone?

If you have one, or can borrow one, a chainsaw!

2) What clothes are best for cleaning up after a cyclone? And if you had to create a brand of unique clothes just for cleaning up after a cyclone what would you call it?

Anything you’d paint your house in and don’t care about, because it can get messy and sweaty. Hat and protective gloves, and reasonable boots would be helpful.

I have no idea what I’d call a clothing brand that was made for cyclone clean ups. I do know I would like such a brand to be non-profit, designed by comedians, and given out by Council, Red Cross and charities.

It would be great to have a funny, inspirational and educational clean up tshirt with reminders on the back like ‘take care with power lines, drink plenty of fluid, don’t do too much, help a friend, be kind to the SES, etc’ and a space for people to write on the tshirt their own personal saying or slogan with a fabric pen.

I wonder what Hamish and Andy would call a clothing brand.

3) Who was with you during the cyclone? Did you get ring crunch because you had forgotten to take off your wedding ring and were holding David’s hand too tightly?

My hubby, our three kids, four pet guinea pigs, our lovable but crazy bird Peep (who took off to bring other birds to our house for shelter), and two pet quails.

For the entire interview visit  the delightful Jedda Bradley’s Artist Page

If you want to be eligible for a free ebook or free photo print visit Jedda’s facebook space and leave a comment just like Melissa has.

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We are at the half way point of the blog tour. I look forward to the next stop at Carol Campbell’s poetry blog.

Better get busy making sure the final launch activities are ready.  Thanks so much to everyone supporting the tour.

Magical Mystery Tour – After Yasi Hosts Revealed

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So now the After Yasi virtual book tour heads from Dimity Powell’s blog home  to Chairmaine Clancy’s web page.

I am so delighted with the retweets, shares, facebook posts, and comments coming into various spaces on facebook, the blogs and launch pages.  Queensland History, Australian Women’s Writers, ABC Far North, ABC Open and individuals like Sam Sochacka (amazing children’s literacy advocate) and others I have become twitter colleagues with, have really made my day.

A key part of setting up the blog tour is taking you on a journey through other blogs I admire.

Dimity is a tireless children’s writer who reviews books.  Charmaine is a dedicated author, teacher and writing retreat organiser whose blog seeks to encourage writers to develop their skills.

You all know how much I love ABC Open. They have been central to the mentoring that enabled many aspects of the ebook to be created.

Karen Tyrrell is dedicated to the development of resilience in children and adults.  She has many books people who like my book would also love reading.

Coming up are a poet, dance advocate, school counsellor, aid worker, and creatives.  But let’s leave some of the magic of their spaces a mystery as they are just around the corner.

My goal with this tour is to introduce the After Yasi –  Finding the Smile Within ebook to anyone who would benefit from reading it and exploring its various filmic, photographic and video hyperlinks.  Its first incarnations where a photo exhibition, followed by a community coffee table book mostly created for the contributors (but still available through blurb.)

The strength of an ebook is that for a full colour experience they are inexpensive and can encourage you to visit hyperlinked online materials.

If you visit any of the blogs leave a comment for your chance to receive a free copy of the ebook or a photographic print.

The tour will be continuing until February 3rd.  So stay tuned for the next installment.

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After Yasi Blog Tour

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After Yasi: Finding the Smile Within is going on a virtual book tour, commonly known as blog tour, blog hop or virtual book tour.  A big thank you to all those listed.

Best comments for each blog will be given a PRIZE, either a free copy of the ebook or a choice of a signed print of one of the photographs from the book. Would absolutely love it if you retweet, reblog and share this post – and the blog hop posts, to all your friends.

The After Yasi Blog Tour includes visits to:

Jan 27   (Tuesday) http://open.abc.net.au  ABC Open  (guest blog, June Perkins, storytelling tips for covering the recovery from a natural disaster)

Jan 27   Karen Tyrrell http://www.karentyrrell.com/

Jan 28 (Wednesday)  Dimity Powell (interview) http://www.dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au/

Jan 29 (Thursday) Charmaine Clancy (tips for writing about a natural disaster) http://charmaineclancy.com/

Jan 30 Jedda Bradley  – (interview)https://www.facebook.com/jeddabradleyartist

Jan 31 (Saturday) Carol Campbell  (review) http://writersdream9.wordpress.com

Jan 31 (Saturday) Gail Kavanagh  (review) http://gailkavanagh.com/blog/

Feb 1 (Sunday) Owen Allen (focus Dance) http://owen59.wordpress.com/

Feb 2 (Monday)  Ali Stegert (focus children and youth after a cyclone) http://ali-stegert.com/

Feb 3  (Tuesday) Melinda Irvine http://businessonblue.com.au/

Feb 3   Wrap up and thankyou blog from June https://pearlz.wordpress.com

You can find sample pages and more details of the ebook here: http://gumbootspearlz.pressbooks.com/

You are welcome to attend from wherever you are in the world -the online launch -February 3rd.

See the facebook page: The Launch Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/866286073402069/?pnref=story

*This schedule is still subject to  minor changes but I will post any changes closer to lift off. Apologies the visit to Michele’s blog has had to be postponed due to unforseen circumstances.