A Busy Week (or was it two?)

Good morning, Everyone. It is a cool beginning to this mid-November day on the south shore of Long Island. The yard retains its colors since we have not had a frost yet. Pour your morning brew. Let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee together, I would continue on the weather theme. Matt and I attempted one more jaunt to Davis Park on Fire Island with the motorboat. The boat ran great all season but on that balmy autumn day, the outboard sputtered and alarms blared. We limped back home.Matt diagnosed electrical problems. He’ll address it in the spring. Now that it is nearly Thanksgiving, he examined the trailer and found a multitude of structural issues, so he is now deep in a project. 

We made it to the beach on my sisters and brother-in-law’s boat. It was warm enough to sit on the shore and fish. I attempted a polar bear plunge and, although chilly, the undertow kept me from getting too deep. Venturing to the beach in the middle of November is a treat but, let’s face it, our home planet is too warm and there are and will be consequences. We need to pay attention and take action.

If we were having coffee together, I would list my up coming podcast interviews:

Tuffish with Jennifer Milius available now

The Walkshow Podcast with Walker Neer coming November 21st

Writers’ Dream with Linda Frank airing soon

Reading With Your Kids Podcast with Jed Doherty airing soon. 

I was invited to the Virtual Moonbeam Children’s Book Award where cutout Lily and I Zoomed in for the celebrations. 

If we were having coffee together, I would announce that my LIVE Book Signing event at the local Cool Beans Coffee Shoppe in West Sayville was a grand success. Dear friends and my wonderful family came to wish me well and buy books. My publisher, Stephanie Larkin of Red Penguin Books, joined the celebration. I was so happy to meet the cover illustrator, Penny Weber. My talented daughter, Sara Antoinette Martin designed the easel. Two local papers took pictures, and the young men behind the coffee and bake goods counter worked non-stop. Thank you to My Everyone, who are my greatest cheerleaders. 

That’s it, Everyone. Thank yous go out to Natalie the Explorer who keeps the Weekend Coffee Share percolating each week.

Have a good week. Make it FUNTASTIC!

Enjoy ❤️.   Like 👍.  Share 😊. 



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Hope you are hungry. Becoming America’s Food Stories recalls the tales that have been told around my family’s dinner table. The histories explain the motivations over bowls of macaroni, antics play out while slurping soup, and laughter echoes throughout the dining room. Pull up a seat. There’s always room.
The Heart of Bakers and Artists is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists left off.Lily has big dreams to sing out with her powerful voice, but must do EVERYTHING, since Mama fell into a deep depression, the baby is sick, and the “Black Hand” terrorizes the neighborhood, threatening her chance to sing at the New York Highlanders Fourth of July baseball game.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

18 thoughts

  1. It really does sounds busy busy busy for you! Glad you had some beach time (brrrrrrrr) to recreate as well.
    Congratulations on the book award ceremony, signings & podcasts – such wonderful events to be part of!

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  2. Congrats Antoinette on your achievements! The easel and Lily cutout are beautiful. You sure have been busy and you’re smiling 🙂 Good for you to take the polar bear plunge. Thank you for your #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  3. Hi Antoinette,
    All this fun and well deserved success is an inspiration. I spent my weekend finishing up my novella length (16K words) hard sci-fi, David v Goliath, speed of light, nerd fest and just getting it posted feels like a victory to me. I started it just before starting my wrestling match with covid which proved to be quite the speed bump to writing, but it’s done now.
    Congrats on your victory with Lily & her story. Very well deserved 👏 👍

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