我在LV的大日子

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終於完成兩場新書發佈會!3月2日一起來先整理winifredshop.com的六大袋書跑郵局,然後去弄頭髮化妝,下午兩時左右,匆忙趕到廣東道,東方日報記者、攝影師正在等候訪問。這天是我的大日子,匆忙間走入攝影場地,也沒有看到原來LV將一整牆的陳列櫃放滿了我的新書《天空之鏡》,是後來記者說,指給我看才看得到,那一刻除了感動、開心,還有一種釋懷!終於做了,終於做好了,而且做出來是自己滿意的。

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因為遲到,訪問順延,原本的簽名時間也沒有了,才打開門已見甘生甘國亮來到,看看手表4點15分,我還未準備好,最後一些發佈會需要的道具,匆忙放在米白的房間中,然後我的好朋友Winnie Ma、創作人卓韻芝、前輩鄧小宇,各大品牌的老朋友、傳媒朋友、時裝公關界的朋友及我的老同學一批一批的到來,我實在是招呼不到,跑出跑入,跟他們拍照打個招呼就團團轉,難得的是他們都明白, Nike和Chanel送來大花籃,Chanel更刻意低調,因為是競爭對手的場地,也沒有寫上Chanel,僅以一朵白茶花代表,送我一句Coco Chanel的說話,我是非常非常的感動。Nike和其他送花、送朱古力的朋友令我像是Prima Donna的感覺,雖然我沒有化妝間。

我以前做過的新書發佈會,都是以簽名和談論為主,很單向的,只是我一個不停的說話,不喜歡那感覺,所以今次的發佈會一早我已visualize到,將我在秘魯所經歷的Shamanic儀式,跟所有到來的嘉賓做一次「簡易版」,就是第三章「讓我認識你」的塗精油及跟一個最不認識的人pair up,初時我也有預計過他們可能會不投入,或不想投入,想不到每一個在場的人都非常投入、開心,場內的氣氛好到不得了,這是我自己最滿意的部分。第二個儀式就是簡單的拖手圍圈,右手放送左手接收。不少人說:「我們很久沒有玩過遊戲了!」「好inspiring!」已拍了 video,剪好就有得睇。

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招呼不到

招呼不到

Wini's book YEAH

Wini's book YEAH

Buying and reading my books

Buying and reading my books

發佈會分兩場進行,4:30和6:30,第二場是讓我接觸讀者及可能不太認識我的LV VIC,這些對我來說都是寶貴的經驗。簽名、拍照、訪問後,LV工作人員請我吃晚飯,大家都覺得發佈會辦得很有意思,互動,氣氛高興,就這樣又多了幾位新朋友。回到家已經是午夜之後,客廳放了好幾個大花籃,看一看花上的咭片,就知道自己真的請漏了朋友,他們都記掛著我出新書,跟我打氣、鼓勵和送上祝福,多麼希望我還有20年前的記憶力,能夠記得邀請每一個人,每一個我希望他/她能到來的人,就此向這些我忘了邀請的朋友致歉!

回頭看,我覺得今次的成功是如我的書第四部分所說的,我要將精神與物質融合在一起,這一天我做到了,在全港最大的超級品牌旗艦店Louis Vuitton Maison內述說一些和分享一些關於精神層面的life style。更曉有義意的是我將不同的人,甚至他們可能是同行的競爭對手,也因為我的緣故而聚在一堂,因為這本書,而沒有敵我之分,這是我最高興能做到的,we are one。即使是短短的一小時,他/她們可能是來俾面的,可能是來贈慶的,但最後他/她們都有收穫。

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Picking your Osho Zen Cards, bingo!

Picking your Osho Zen Cards, bingo!

GOOD TIME FOR YOU!

GOOD TIME FOR YOU!

Autograph session

Autograph session

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COco Chanel's Quote, esp for me

COco Chanel's Quote, esp for me

至於我的讀者,關於網店,有幾句話要說,基本上25、26、27日的訂單已全部寄出,但當中有十多廿個紀錄是Paypal和網店的名字不相符或地址不清楚,我們花了很多時間翻查紀錄,對來對去也對不到,最初決定就算蝕給讀者,都只是蝕十多本書,如果你收到書而真的未付帳,或付了帳未收到書(25、26、27日的訂單),請電郵到winifredshop@gmail.com跟我聯絡,已經有一位有心的讀者自動告訴我她收到書但是未付帳,因為系統對於我來說還是新,過了一星期才發現margin of error 竟高達15%,真是有種被人搵笨的感覺,但學習就是這麼一回事,之前不懂,做過就懂。

每個人都驚訝為甚麼我要親手辦理這些電子訂購,因為不親自做一次,根本沒有辦法請人幫手,而難度最高是因為親筆簽名有上款,書有了一個人的名字就要跟地址相符,而不是叫其他人幫手將書包好送去郵局就可以,我最不想見到地址和名字對錯了,所以希望盡量由自己親手處理而不犯錯,希望你們多多包涵。到外邊書店買可以即時看,到網店買,因為開始時訂單多,處理需時,可能需4至5個工作天,但是我能告訴你,收到書的人都覺得值得,希望你也認為等一會不是一個太大的問題,而有了這星期的經驗,之後認該會快一點。

想得到有你名字的簽名本,可到www.winifredshop.com訂購,只要你有電郵和信用卡,無須paypal戶口也都可以用paypal付賬,而網站登記已回復正常,但status因要人手處理( sorry, not a very sophisticated system), 我選擇了簽名寄書為top priority,status 可能就沒有更新。我明白這不是很專業,但我只是希望為大家提供多一個獲得簽名本的方法。

至於我的讀者和朋友,噢,每天都收到真誠的回應,摘錄在最後。寫《時裝時刻》一書時,是希望嚐嚐做一本暢銷書的滋味,做到了,試過了;寫《天空之鏡》一書是doing my mission,bringing light to readers, touching people’s life,打開一些封閉的甚麼,分享我的真實(sharing my truths)…看讀者的回應,應該是做到了。

我最高興是大家都將我的書當是一個treat,是要特地分配時間去讀,讀者朋友Sally 說拿到書不敢讀,因為知道自己一開始了就不想停,不會停,所以要留待weekend星期五至開始。其他也說一看放不下,搞到天光。很多人曾告訴我《時裝時刻》也是睇通宵,一口氣讀完;我多謝大家的厚愛,但同時希望大家愛護身體,不遙捱壞。謝謝你們。

回應:
-「有一次去教會,有一對父婦分享如何透過愛去解決家暴問題,講到好深入,我當下覺得,如果不是做見證(how god changed them),同埋覺得幫到人,無人會掀開肚皮讓大家任看。今次看Winifred的書有同樣感覺,最impressive不是南美旅程,而是黎小姐如何get through自己人生的痛苦,積極面對,過了,努力走下去,將經歷幫助人。雖然信仰不一,不過信念一樣。」

-hey wini. i would like to thank you for inviting me to the book talk , am totally inspired and proud of you indeed! you have blended brilliantly the rather “indie” spiritual experience with style. certainly enlightening and inspiring~

you definitely am a tasteful promoter of sophisticated chinese lifestyle! i stayed up so late last night to read….

love you and hugs, p.s. i really enjoyed the small practices but a bit too shy.

-讀到第十章,很想哭,但沒有。因為你感染了我,你的堅強感染了我。真的很喜歡你的書,從你的文字,我感受到你。謝謝你帶給我快樂的閱讀;也帶給人生新的力量。祝願你身體健康!:)

-Hi Wini, I’ve read your first two books and liked them a lot, so when I heard you’re releasing your third book, I ran to buy it. I just started reading and haven’t finished yet, but I can tell you it’s very inspiring and empowering, a lot different with the first two books, and makes me want to explore this “spirituality” world more. Any info you can share about spirituality? For a beginner, is there anywhere I can know more about it?

-i received it today!!! thank you for your great book! i cant help reading it page by page..! it’s a amazing journey(of reading your words..)

-Wini,
I’d like to tell you that I re-read your book’s last section, when you met Josh in L.A., somehow in some miraculous way this time so much of you and your story has opened up to me…wow, you have chosen a very brave life and bravo for living it with much gusto and flair. It is never easy balancing between polarities, and hopefully we can all honor the beauty of balance. I am sooooo proud of you!

Share with you that many of what you have written about changes with your son’s father etc, echos so strongly within me too. From the beginning of this year, my son’s dad and I also decided to sit down and have dinners with him together each week, and we even went to a movie in CNY. Last week my son invited his dad to our house and he made pizza for his dad! I can feel so strongly the wish within him, ( and also your son, from what you wrote in your book) to have his parents together, live together, exist together in the same space. When we went out for dinner the first time, my son ordered us to hug before we said goodbye, and said, from now on, you guys have to hug each time! And my heart pulsates with pain every time when I have to tell him, sometimes we can’t have everything we wish for, and that lesson in search for stability, is now for him to live and discover…I have tried and tried to fulfill it for him, e.g. to find him a home, a step father etc, but ultimately, I know it is not for me to fulfill it…

And I am so honored to have met you Wini, in of course events which are never coincidental. I am honored to be learning every day, every moment

-Hi Wini
Started reading your book the night that I bought it. Couldn’t stop until 5 a.m. in the morning. Yet, couldn’t sleep. It makes me keep thinking a lot as I was born in the 60′s and in a family that boys’ status are higher.We shared some of the experiences. (Actually we met twenty years ago when you were working on a supplement for Next Magazine.) Finally I finished the book last night. Still I couldn’t sleep well. Touching and inspiring! Thanks a lot. I’ll read it again after I’ve got enough sleep. I think this will be one of the books that I’ll refer much in the future especailly when I feel lost. THANKS AGAIN. Best wishes to you! (Don’t work too hard !)

-dear wini,
first loads of thanks for your message + signature. I am starting to read and find it hard to put down the bk…
very thrilled and moved(you looked like a 16-yr old esp. when you were laughing happily, say, on p.126 — :-)
i love your natural, genuine comments on things and your team members(eg. those unpleasant ones> you just tell how you feel in a harmlessly childlike(not childish) yet very sincere way — exactly how we feel when we meet losers like them hey?)
and one very important thing — with all my heart i hope your health and happiness be with you forever(and your lovely son)!!
lots of kisses