New Year Launch Report

Hello, readers, and welcome back! Cetus Finalis launched! Oh, and how! Though it’s only a memory, I want to thank all of you again for making it such a stimulating and special event. The smiles and riles, the slanting sun, the crisp libations, the warm hearts, and vibrant art – it was a charmed day. We laughed like trains.


David Gill himself showed up and sat by my side; better than a birthday party. The inimitable Raffael Abramson and lovely Stephanie Shyn were first on the scene, with a passion for spreading the word, and last to part ways, even getting me home after dinner; nothin’ but love, y’all!


Alex Streczyn-Woods and Rachel Dossey contributed invaluable input on t-shirt designs and made me feel like an artist on the town! Gabe and Elsa Westray warmed me like the sun when they stopped by to get their long-awaited copy. Katie Renz confessed her romance with whales, and commended the conservationist theme in the novel. Justin Dossey approved the entrepreneurial spirit of the affair. Nowell and Sadie Valeri visited their subtle and rich artistic sense upon our discussions. The charismatic Chris Dickerson and talented Kundan Budwain brought their welcome blessings and some information which may lead to a Booksmith appearance. Chris Vukicevich bought a book for his darling mother. The pleasure hammer really dropped when none other than badasses Danna Sweidan and Sam Scott arrived, driving more than a hundred miles to surprise me in my element. Thank you Jessica Steger for keeping the secret! 😀 Sweet Kendra Wall and spicy Maryanne Diaz bought me a parting shot while Raffael brought the car around. Thank you to Mark Allshouse, Beth Mickelson, Sally Thompson, and Lindee Frankel for coming to the table; especially to you Lindee, for booking me at Finnegan’s.


Everyone fawned over Lucie’s gorgeous cover, and every single whale-printed item she made for the launch sold out before the shirts did. For those of you who are interested in more Cetus Finalis whale stationery, accessories, and wall prints, stay tuned! The talented and gracious Lucie Hall is in her workshop!


We rambled on into the evening. Lucie and I’s plan to have a quiet dinner together after the event and digest the experience was happily dashed. Thanks to cider, bourbon, and puffinstuff, a bistro dinner for 2 morphed into a party of 6 at Rosie’s Cantina; margarita pitchers, extra chips and salsa, and the last rootin’ tootin’ table to leave. A special thank you to Kristin Reinsberg for designating herself as the driver. We all got home safe and sound, packed to the brim with gratitude.


Note: as of the posting of this report, Cetus Finalis has broken even. Dear readers, you killed it!!! Thank you for reading. Reading rules!


About Suhail Rafidi

Suhail Rafidi is a novelist and educator whose works explore the destiny of human values in a technological landscape. You can find him on Twitter, too, @shelldive.
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