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First book launch leads to stress and success

It is easy to forget that our internal state is often projected outward, whether we want it to be or not.

Buffalo From A to Z book coverI launched my first book the weekend before last. As a young publisher, I’m ecstatic at the success of the event, but the lead up was stressful. I’m the director of marketing and publicity at Buffalo Heritage Press, and we launched our latest children’s title, Buffalo From A to Z, Come Take a Tour With Me, at the Goo Goo Doll’s show at Shea’s Perfoming Art’s Center in Buffalo, New York. The concerts were celebrating the Goo Goo Dolls’ 20th anniversary of the Dizzy Up the Girl album.

Why launch a children’s book at a rock concert? Well, Buffalo From A to Z is special. (Aren’t all of your books special when you’re in publishing?) The main character, Bob Uffalo, is a spunky little tour guide who takes kids on a tour around Buffalo, showing them the hotspots from A to Z. But it wouldn’t be a Buffalo book if it didn’t have the Goo Goo Dolls on the “G” page—betcha didn’t know they were from Buffalo!

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TurtleBoySports sinks his own ship

Some of you might remember last year when a certain blogger named TurtleBoySports wrote a terrible article for his website bashing St. Bonaventure because UMass lost a basketball game to us. This guy targeted me specifically because I wrote a rebuttal to his nonsense for The Bona Venture, St. Bonaventure’s print newspaper. He wrote a second article specifically about me, and then I wrote a final “screw you” piece back to him, which you can find if you click here.

What happened behind the scenes of our dispute, though, was me probably scaring TurtleBoy quite a bit. Now, he has turned to bashing Buffalo Bills fans (and he has been targeting Buffalo a lot since he learned I was from Buffalo. Sorry, guys). It came out yesterday that TurtleBoy’s real name is Aidan Kearney, and he is a high school teacher at Shepherd Hill Regional High School in Dudley, MA, according to 

I knew all of that information last semester when he began harassing me on Twitter and writing blog posts about me. (He and his friends—ahem Brian Long—continued to harass me, a 19-year-old college student, on Twitter well into this semester. I have no doubt it would have continued had he not just deleted the account after being found out.)

Here are just a few screen shots of the tweets I’ve received:

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I knew who Aidan Kearney was, where he worked and, in fact, I had his address and phone number in front of me—ah, the beauties of the Internet. When I asked him, he, of course, denied it. I never published the name because I wasn’t 100% certain, and unless I can back up my facts, I’m not going to lay them out as facts (That’s called journalism, TurtleBoy).

The TurtleBoySports website was made password-protected, and the Twitter was deleted.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens to Mr. Kearney’s job. I don’t think he’s really a good example for his students.

In the meantime, LET’S GO BUFFALO!



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