What You’ve Missed, What’s Yet To Come: The Circus Ketchup

Feb 14

You may have noticed…

…a curious silence from me over the past few weeks.  It’s because, as usual, I’ve managed to over-extend and over obligate myself, forgetting my limits and somehow being oh-so-sure that I’d magically be able to juggle responsibilities like a madwoman. (A madwoman who can juggle, I mean. Which I can’t do, no matter how mad of a woman I may be!)

So here’s a rundown on what you’ve missed lately (because I forgot to tell you)

It's Another Flourish!

The Right-Brain Business Plan: A Creative, Visual Map for Success by Jennifer Lee is now shipping from Amazon!And guess who is featured in it, along with a whole slew of other awesome right-brained entrepreneurs?Moi! and Emmit! (your favorite clown nosed celebrity business plan) Emmit didn’t have a name or even a clown nose when the book went to press, but he’s in there. How cool is that?

There’s going to be a whole lot of hoopla around the book release, some of which I’ll be a part of; I’ll devote a whole post to all of the excitement later this week.

But for now? Check this next bit out:

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Abby Kerr of AbbyKerrInk.comThe fabulous Abby Kerr (who writes about nichey-enterprises and building relationships with your right people) interviewed me about all kinds of wacky, including #Emmit, Quirkipreneurs, and finding your own unique voice.  It was a lot of fun, and although I was so nervous I don’t really remember what I said, Abby assures me it was brilliant and quotable.

You can listen in here:
Abby Kerr’s Creative Solopreneur Podcast: Tori Deaux

If audio is your thing, Abby is building a great collection of audio interviews on her site – she’s got real touch with it!

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If you’re not the audio type, but are still interested in the whole building relationships with right people thing and just can’t get enough of my blathering? I wrote a guest post for the #CustomerLove website last week.

It got rave Twitter reviews (if I say so myself) but I owe a debt to the glorious staff over there, who polished up the post and my bio while I dealt with ice storms and Mr.Spouse’s dislocated shoulder. (He fell on the ice. Ouch. No worries, he’s ok now. I think.)

The post is entitled “An Open Letter, From Those You Would Woo”. While you’re there, be sure and check out some of the other posts, too – there’s some brilliant, inspiring stuff going on from some brilliant, inspiring bloggers!

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Speaking of #CustomerLove, some of you are probably wondering what the heck it is.  So tada! An explanation.

CustomerLove is the brainchild of the unique, crazy, fabulous former-flake and voice-coach, LaVonne Ellis. After reading a post by Naomi Dunford, LaVonne decided to challenge herself to a creative launch strategy: shower current and potential clients with love for a full 28 days, building fans, relationships and trust along the way, then launch a product.  When she mentioned her plans on Twitter, people asked if they could join in, and it became a “thing” (sort of like #Emmit did, here.) There’s a full explanation here: A Challenge: 28 Days To Make Customers Love You

CL is on its third go-round, and LaVonne has partnered with Jonathan Wondrush (of @bybloggers fame) to teach participants to create their products as well as love their customers.

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SEKRIT CIRCUS HIDEOUT Me? I signed on to both the challenge and the product-creation course  with glee, only to re-discovered (for the 40th time) that product creation for me means I’m silent on the blog.

And silent elsewhere.

Like, everywhere.

Because I am a development hermit.

That means I’m not showering anyone with love while in development mode, which kind of sucks. And I may not have my product completed within the month either, which also kind of sucks!

But! You WILL see some sort of helpful planning product from Emmit, the clown nosed business plan and advisor, very soon.  And then comes the love, Baybee! Yeah! That’s what I’m talkin’ about! (Imagine that said in Emmit’s voice, please. Because it really doesn’t work, coming from me.)

Meanwhile, check out the Customer Love challenge, drop in on the Tweetchats, and don’t forget to love your customers, past, present and future.

So Sayeth The Deaux!

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Ok, that’s it for now. And having finished this update, I’m scampering back to the super-secret circus hideout & hermitage, where not-so-evil plans are made. As usual, I’ll be poking around on Twitter – because even a hermit needs a Tweet-fix now and then!

And of course, comments are invited, especially if you want to commiserate on the sense of overwhelm. Or share your personal experience of such things. Or link to photos of your cat.  Whatever! Oh, and Happy Valentines Day!


  1. Yeah, blogging and producting don’t go together that well, do they? I’m not exactly a hermit, but I can’t whipsaw between those two thought modes easily.

    • Tori Deaux /

      Somehow, the phrase “two thought modes” revealed part of the problem for me. Even with a simple blog post (like this one) there’s a lot that happens with the rough draft, a rough edit, images, layout, links, and so on. When I’m in development mode, those same stages happen, but they’re much longer, and stopping “rough draft mode” to move into polishing a blog post seems to kill my momentum.

      I’ll ponder that while I try and get back into rough draft mode 😉

  2. Karagush /

    im going to have to get a twitter account, arent i???? *SIGH* I KNEW IT.

    • Tori Deaux /

      Yes, yes you are going to have to get a Twitter account. But you are going to LOVE some of the people I network with, and they are going to love you.

      • Karagush /

        oh all right. i will look into it tomorrow. Speaking of overwhem….

  3. Oh, yeah, the OVERWHELM – I’m there too with a cold to boot.

    Thanks for the update, it’s nice to know all’s well 🙂

  4. Hmmm I think I will put my name down for the challenge. I keep telling myself I don’t have enough together to create a product but Portentia keeps nudging me. I think she knows otherwise.

  5. I downloaded the CL ebook months ago–before the move in December. Haven’t even looked at it. I so want to, I just haven’t wanted to enough, apparently.

    But I do enjoy seeing your side of the convo on twitter.

    Oh, and you and Emmit would be either proud or horrified to know that y’all have spawned a Lorelai and a Killroy, as of last night. They’re embryonic (and, yes, there’s a reason for the Styx references) but will be taking a bit more shape this evening, I think.

    • Tori Deaux /

      Scraps, we have spawn? YAY spawn! Seriously, I’m eager to see more about Lorelai, Killroy and the Styx reference, when you’re ready. I’m having a blast with this!

      Oh, and for me, CustomerLove is all about the community and the people. They’re such fun that I’m not too worried if I’m not doing it right 😉

      Nicole, yeah, it’s been too long since Emmit spoke up. But this product stuff is kickin’ us right in the circus lights, I swear!

      Kara, dahlink, don’t let this overwhelm you more. But Twitter is so darn *easy*, and I think you’ll like it. Just picture it like the worlds largest chat room.

      Maureen, do join us! And it’s always good to start thinking in terms of products and development, even if you aren’t ready to produce a complete one. Also? The customerlove stuff works great for blog launches and promotions too — your “customers” are your readers, at that stage.

      Monette, sorry about the cold, and I’ve wondered where you’ve been. We must do something about this overwhelm thing…

      Ok, back to work for me! Now where did those helper elephants get off to….

  6. Thanks for the update Tori, I needed an Emmit fix. It’s good to know I’m not the only one who struggles when in product mode. I swear I get sucked into another dimension…