I can’t say that I get particularly nervous anymore during public speaking. Not after Sexpo where just outside and occasionally walking past my talk are three naked women painted gold with glitter all over their bodies, as well as a man who paints portraits with his penis.
And so, come Sunday the 21st of January 2018, I was mostly prepared for what I had planned for roughly a month. Instead of detailing the events of the day, i’d instead just like to thank everyone who attended, or made the launch possible. My parents, along with my aunt Kathryn Gallagher, pulled out all the stops for providing catering and comfort to my attendees. Thank you to Gloria Webb for working with me on bringing the book out into the open for a wider audience to see and for allowing me to be as open as I can be in reaching my readers. Thank you to Juliette Lachemeier who has been my trainer standing at the edge of the ring, always there with effective advice to help focus my words after they leave the beehive of my mind. Thank you to my sister for her… well prepared speech and for accepting the gig when perhaps sitting in the corner quietly inside of a box would have been preferable.
To everyone who was able to make it to the launch, without you it would have been me on my own, talking to empty space, but in the end I was able to share my story with so many people and even meet some of you to discuss my work and plans for the future. Many people were unable to attend sadly, including my cover designer James O’Brien, however their help has been just as valuable in bringing this book to life and I can’t thank them enough for their efforts.
And, lastly, to someone I won’t name but is one of the main reasons I still live. Our friendship has been bizarre, to put it lightly, however without you and your support, my life would have continued on with little to no reason to keep going. Our lives are extremely nuanced and rarely does one thing change the course of history, but you’ve played the most important role yet and it needs to be said. Even if our lives take us on seperate paths, I’ll always treasure our friendship and I only hope for the best for you.