Silly Video of Seeing My Book the 1st Time!


Thank you, Kitt O’MalleyMarie Abanga, & Greg Archer for your wonderful Amazon reviews!

Also, big thanks to the author Maricela Estrada-Morena (Bipolar Girl) for her beautiful Kings River Life review of Birth of a New Brain! To read her review & enter for a chance to win a copy, please visit this link!


I’ll be giving my first educational presentation/book signing at the library next week—I never would’ve considered doing such a thing but joining Toastmasters back in March made me able to make such a commitment. 


100% of the book sales and refreshment proceeds will be given to the Friends of the Boulder Creek Library and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), Santa Cruz County Chapter. I hope I’ll have someone record the talk and if that works out, I’ll share it here—at the very least I’ll write about the experience in next Friday’s post.


Have a great weekend and thanks so much for reading!



Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder With a foreword by perinatal psychiatrist and author Dr. Carol Henshaw, now available on Amazon!


on October 13, 2017
This book has offered a way to the other side, from feeling out of control to gaining the necessary insight to balancing one’s life after bipolar disorder. The author’s story is a testament to overcoming the obstacles people with mental health face. Dyane Harwood’s groundbreaking memoir not only shares her inspiring story but offers readers practical advice she has used herself and excellent resources as well. I am a daily essential oil user and appreciate how she uses orange essential oil to uplift the spirit so she motivates herself to go exercise. I feel it is necessary to bring nature’s medicine chest into the equation, and that is exactly what she has done to gain equilibrium and balance. “Birth of a New Brain” is easy to read and reaches out to the mental health community with heart and soul along with sound advice and the resources to “birth a new brain” and live a life with passion and grace.

36 thoughts on “Silly Video of Seeing My Book the 1st Time!

  1. Oh lady is that so lovely? And you may look haggard or whatever but I also find you chubby yummy! So super excited for you and the forthcoming talk wish I could really fairy myself there on that October 19th? And on your Wedding anniversary to top it all that is a whoop whoop whoop

    • Thank you, dear Kitt! I wish someone videotaped the 1st talk because then you could see me point out the slide of you with such pride! I’m going to make sure the Dec. 7th talk is recorded!!!! The handout I gave everyone has your blog URL on it too!

  2. Best of luck on your upcoming talk at the library. Wish that I could attend but you are a great speaker and I know it will be an interesting talk.

    • Hey my neighborly & lovely friend – next week is @ Boulder Creek, Dec. is in Ben Lomond…there’s no Scotts Valley venue booked yet, LOL!!!!!!! 😉 Maybe next year? Xo

  3. Hi Dyane! Just saw your video, your excitement and happiness are palpable! And you deserve to be over the moon because your book is absolutely brilliant! Well written, riveting, with your signature sense of humor! Way to go girl! Couldn’t be prouder of you!!! And your encouragement is also extraordinary and precious to me. I have been thinking of writing a book for years!
    Congratulations upon your stupendous accomplishment! Love and hugs.

    • Beautiful Samina, I beg your forgiveness for taking centuries to respond, especially since you wrote such an amazing and kind comment! Thanks from the bottom of my heart and from every mitochondria I have, etc!
      When your book comes out, I wil be there to support you and promote it in every way possible!!!!!

      • My dearest Dyane, you are so welcome! I understand totally, life can be very hectic sometimes. Those mitochondria have to work overtime! Sending you lots of hugs.

  4. I think your video is darling and truly, rather subdued and professional considering how HUGE this is!!! I probably would have been all weepy if I’d had the technology for a video when I saw my books for the first time. Feel 100% better soon so you can thoroughly enjoy this exciting event and congrats on your anniversary, too!!! Cannot wait to get my copy and start reading!

  5. Love the video, considering it was your book arrival and your anniversary, I thought you were very controlled in your excitement ! Enjoy every minute of your success, D. And Congrats !

    • Thanks so much, dear Van!!!!! 🚐

      I’m sorry it took so long for me to reply! Whenever I spot your comments, I’m very happy because I know they will lift up my spirits—anyone who feels (like I do) that Matt Foley is a gifted Motivational Speaker has got to be one of the coolest people around!

      I appreciate your sweet wishes so much and I really hope you’re doing well….down by the river!!! 😛

  6. I’m just so proud of you, and so so SOOOOOOOOOOO happy for you, Empress Percolatia! You’ve achieved so much, and that you want to share that entire journey with the rest of us, who need to see that for all the darkness there is still light…you’re just amazing. You have a kind heart I am blessed to know. xxxxxxxxxx

    • Please forgive me for taking eons to reply, darling Java Jean -I’m sheepish for having taken this long to respond. (Bahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!)

      Thank you for everything – thanks for your beautiful, thoughtfully written comments have kept me going when I’ve been pretty down.

      I just wish I could move y’all out here along with 10 cases of Baraboo Cowpie chocolates and we’d be golden!

      We could put all the kids in our dungeon with many of the Star Wars videos + a tv/video console and then we could get some podcasts, teacher conferences and writing done in peace, eh?

      (Just kidding!!! I am only kidding, although I’m reminded of the famous saying “there’s truth in jest” – nah, maybe not! LOL!)

      I’m sending you lots & lots of love, my kindred caffeinated spirit!

      Your devoted fan,

      The Empress Percolatia, which just might be my Halloween costume if I can summon the energy to create such an ensemble!

      • Oh man, if you get a Halloween costume going, you MUST send a picture! 😀 Hey, you do NOT have to worry; you’ve been sooooooooo crazy-busy, and it’s Halloween, so the kids of course are all going nutzo. I’m just so happy and proud and happy for you! (and yes, I think they could stand a locking-upping sometime. ;)) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • Imagine Elvis’ voice:

      “Thank you, thank you very much!”

      I’m such a freaky person, Cass!

      Seriously, thanks for your lovely support. You always brighten my day with your comments. I consider myself lucky to have you as a loyal follower who also just happens to be a brilliant writer!

      I’ll be there to support you however I can when your book comes out!!!!

  7. Oh, how exciting! I can’t wait to see you IRL next Thursday and get you to sign a shiny, new book for me! In the meantime, take good care!

    • It was AWESOME to meet you last week!
      Thanks for your email—I definitely plan on responding!!!!!!! I was so relieved you “got it” about the Dec. 7th date – I’ll be writing back this week with some thoughts about everything you wrote.

      Much love, Martha!!!!!

  8. Dyane–I think your video is adorable. I felt the same way when I got the first box of our books…it’s so exciting and such a feeling of accomplishment after years of hard work. I’m still waiting for my copy of your book, which should arrive any day. Looking forward to reading and writing a great review on Amazon! Congrats on finally being able to hold your book in your hands!! ❤️

    • Thank you very much, dear Sharon!!!!

      I apologize for my belated reply; it has been a hectic week up here as we’ve been affected by the Bear Fire’s smoke/ash in the air, but thank God our home wasn’t affected. The amazing firefighters are getting the fire contained.

      Your support has been such a wonderful gift – I hope with all my heart that you’re doing well and that you’re enjoying the book!!!! XoXo

  9. Congratulations Dyane for reaching your goal of completing your book. I’m so gad to have had an opportunity to get to know you in your support group that you created. You’re a very special lady.

    • Thanks so much, Karin! I’m sorry it took forever to reply! It has been a hectic week for all of us here affected by the fires, hasn’t it???? I’m deeply relieved the fire is now 75%contained and hopefully it’ll be 100% contained ASAP.
      I appreciate your kindness & encouragement; very much!!!!!!!
      p.s. YOU are SPECIAL too!

  10. DyDy, I share in your excitement!!! The book is GREAT!!! I have burned through it, I’m almost done. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve loved the book! LOVED IT!!! You are a very great writer and I think the book is a very important contribution to the world!!! So proud of you!!!!! And happy for you and your accomplishment!! I hope you are reveling in it!!!

    • I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad you enjoyed the book!!!! I’m sorry it took me so long to thank you for this wonderful comment. I don’t know how the sales have been, but I’ll be getting in touch with Post Hill Press probably tomorrow & I’ll DM you on Twitter.

      Thank you SO much for writing this comment, my fiery friend! This is such special praise coming from you—
      you’ve made my day, big-time!

  11. Congratulations Dyane, so so good to see this new baby out in the world. You did it lady!

    • Here’s a belated thanks for your kind congrats!!!!

      I saw you drivingl the other day (How could I miss those groovy bumperstickers?) and I wanted to honk to say hi, but I didn’t want to freak you out, so I refrained…. 😛

      p.s. I’ll be giving another educational talk/book signing on Dec. 7th, 7:00 p.m. at Park Hall in downtown Ben Lomond benefitting NAMI Santa Cruz & the Valley Women’s Club. If you or anyone you know might want to go, please help me spread the word!!!! I’ll post details in ths blog and I’ll be contacting local media about it too.

      Take good care!!!!

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