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Newsletter Dated: 11/6/2003 11:32:04 AM
DIANA GUERRERO'S ARK ANIMAL TRACKS
Greetings to all you armchair adventurers!
Book Release Events are Heated!
As many of you know, the new release (SkyLight Paths, November 2003)
of What Animals Can Teach Us About Spirituality: Lessons from Wild and Tame
Creatures coincided with the California Wildfires! To say things were a
bit heated is an understatement. Despite road closures and other challenges,like
the evacuation of all the mountain communities, the first couple of events went
Some of you attended and know about the "Where is the button?" contest.
Unfortunately, we do not know where the buttons are since everyone evacuated!
Hopefully the buttons will resurface and we can continue tracking them around
the United States. Just click into my personal website and check the contest
area to see where they are. Contestants will be entered into a drawing for April
2004 and November 2004. Prizes are still to be determined.
The first winning bookseller was the local Book & Bean bookstore--they sold 42 books in one week! The national contest has resulted in some interesting bookstores contacting me. Those booksellers are listed on the site along with pages featuring the monthly winners--contact your local bookstore and encourage them to participate! They could win a free webpage on my site!
Animals, Animals, Animals!
On the animal front, the animal adventures consisted of evacuating with my bird
and calling to make sure other animal owners did the same. Unfortunately, many
did not and as a result over 700 animals are being housed by various animal service
groups in our area. I hope to conduct some fundraisers with the book AND with
celebrities. If you would like to donate time, funds, or celebrity contacts--please
email me from the website: www.arkanimals.com.
I visited some of our zoo critters at the Living Desert Museum last week. I
hope to do some events related to animal lore next year, but many zoos are squirmish
about talking about animals as spiritual or emotion beings. Many of you know
I did include a disclaimer at the front of the book to avoid some of the "heat."
Turns out that Smithsonian Magazine just published an article on a study
regarding fish feelings--like pain. If you read the Afterword in my book, you
know where all this nonsense started.
On the road again!
This next week I will be visiting the Montclair and San Diego areas. I will be
scheduling events for 2004 and will do my first church workshop. I will be teaching
for the Learning Annex again and hope to get those dates while I am down there.
If you have a group or bookseller that would like a California event, please contact
me. I will do out of state events for larger groups and my fees vary accordingly.
Alliance of Writers: New Year, New Direction
The Alliance of Writers has taken the normal holiday break. The 2004 difference
is that I will not be conducting weekly group meetings any more. Instead, I will
be doing author events and larger venues like the VERY successful literary tea
with Steve Hodel. The writing group was a community service project that became
like a part-time job (without the pay) and three years is enough. Many participants
will continue to meet so keep checking back! If you are an author (through a traditional
publishing house) and would like to participate in the planned conferences and
book fairs be sure to contact me.
The Ark Animal website is still being updated. The site is so extensive that it
is taking a while. Please be patient! I have new content due to go up soon and
please be sure to let me know what topics you would like to see!
Take care and embark on some new adventures until we next chat!
Diana L. Guerrero