Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Virtual Book Tour Ends in Brisbane in Style

Filed under: Virtual Book Tour — by Glenda at 11:34 pm on Friday, August 31, 2007


Brisbane skyline at night

After two weeks of amazing travel, I wearily flew back to Australia (wishing these weren’t virtual air miles) for the final appearance on my Summer Sojourn virtual book tour, promoting my autobiography I’ll Do It Myself. Upon landing at Brisbane Airport and meeting Yvonne Russell from Grow Your Writing Business, my energy was renewed. I had arrived in time for the 10th Anniversary River Festival, with fireworks planned for that night. What better way to wrap up my book tour!

While Yvonne graciously showed me around the city, we discussed virtual book tours, ebooks and secrets for writers. There was even some talk of a second book! Please join us.

Thanks to Yvonne, this tour ends the same way it began: in style! I sincerely thank the ten bloggers who hosted this tour. You made it magical and unforgettable:

I also thank my readers for following along on my tour and offering your support. And, I look forward to getting to know the new faces I met along the way. Thank you.

My Ferrari 360 Spyder now goes into the shop for a tune-up and I take the weekend off to recover from the jetlag. But, I will be well rested in time for Readers’ Café on Wednesday, September 5th, at 4pm (pacific time) precisely. Hope you can join us.

Have a great long weekend and thank you!

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World-Travelled Author Visits North Yorkshire

Filed under: Virtual Book Tour — by Glenda at 11:27 pm on Thursday, August 30, 2007


The purple heather-covered moors of North Yorkshire

Early this morning the Learjet landed at Heathrow and I drove the leased MG Midget to the north of England, through the moors covered with purple Heather and thinking about my mom Heather. At the Moors National Park Centre I meet Emma, an avid knitter – another reminder of Mom.

Emma is also mom to adorable Oliver who turned eight earlier this week and has cerebral palsy. While Oliver and his Dad entertained themselves with his new Nintendo, Emma and I chatted about friendships while growing up with a disability, finding funding for much needed equipment, and using communication devices. Join us in the beautiful English countryside.

I now fly back to Australia (who arranged this itinerary?) for the last stop on this magical Summer Sojourn virtual book tour. But I sense I’ll return to England in the near future. For now,
please cast your daily votey so I may win the opportunity to be paid to blog for a year (be sure to click on “Vote for Glenda Watson Hyatt”). My goal is #3 by Labour Day. With your support, I know I can do it. Thanks!

See you tomorrow, down under!

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Blogger with Cerebral Palsy Coins Phrase: Disability 2.0 – Nothing about us without us

Filed under: Virtual Book Tour — by Glenda at 11:22 pm on Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Canberra’s Parliament House

Overnight I was back on the Learjet, flying to Isabella Plains, a suburb of Australia’s capital city Canberra. This trip to the land down under I am meeting with Ruth Ellison, an interaction designer who is extremely passionate about creating accessible and useful user experiences.

Today we chatted about living with cerebral palsy, our common passion for web accessibility, and a new term I recently coined: Disability 2.0 – “Nothing about us without us”. Please join us.

Tonight I board the Learjet for the United Kingdom – I’m training for the life of the rich and famous!

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Author Offers Advice to Parents with Special Needs Kids

Filed under: Virtual Book Tour — by Glenda at 10:45 pm on Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hiking a ravine
Turkey Run State Park, Indiana

After spending the day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (being so close, I just had to!), I drove over to Turkey Run State Park to meet blogger Jana. A quiet place to chat was what we both needed.

Being a woman about to embark on married life, I found myself offering Jana some advice. Jana is also serious considering fostering children with special needs. Because my parents were such a positive impact on my childhood, growing up with cerebral palsy, I also found myself offering advice to parents with special needs kids. Please help yourself to a cool beverage and join us for our chat under a shady tree.

With time travel involved, I’m heading back to Australia tomorrow! Until then, please vote daily so I may win the opportunity to be paid to blog for a year (be sure to click on “Vote for Glenda Watson Hyatt”). I have secured fourth place! My next goal is #3 by Labour Day. With your support, I know I can do it. Thanks!

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Internet Eliminates Communication Barriers for Some People with Disabilities

Filed under: Virtual Book Tour — by Glenda at 1:51 pm on Monday, August 27, 2007

I love you in American sign language
(Photo credit: Hannah Boettcher)

After driving nearly six hundred miles in my red Ferrari this weekend (yes, life is tough!), I pulled up in front of Karen Putz’s home in Bolingbrook, Illinois, shortly after she got her kids off to school. Not bad timing!

Karen is a deaf mom to three deaf and hard of hearing kids. Her husband is also deaf. Her dog Kaycie hears a rabbit breathing a half mile away! Through her involvement with Illinois Families for Hands & Voices, Karen is active as both a Deaf Mentor to families with newly identified deaf children in the Chicago area.

Over a box of still warm Krispy Kreme doughnuts, we discover that communication is the largest barrier that we both face, particularly in group settings. Those times can be the most isolating for us. The internet levels the playing for us, making communication much easier. Karen appreciates when people add captioning to videos and provides transcripts for podcasts, making those forms of communication also accessible to her. Please join us for our chat. There may be a couple of doughnuts left!

Tomorrow I am off to Indiana, home of the Indy. Sounds like a side trip is in order! Until then, please vote daily so I may win the opportunity to be paid to blog for a year (be sure to click on “Vote for Glenda Watson Hyatt”). With your support, I have secured fourth place! Thanks. Can we make #3 by Labour Day?

Finally, a reminder that an ebook version of my autobiography I’ll Do It Myself is now available, and autographed paperbacks are also still available. Order yours today. Gas for this Ferrari is expensive!

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