Welcome to Following the Whispers blog

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here on Monday and Tuesday. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair.


"We are called human beings, not human doings."
Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

"The way to do is to be."

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs..(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly."
Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


I'm a madwoman, writing every minute I can. Waking up with new thoughts, going to sleep with problems to fix, but it's flowing out of me and I'm so jazzed. See y'all in May.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A new release by our ninja captain!! What a creative way to launch a book.

SCAVENGER HUNT! Comment to win an autographed copy of Dragon of the Stars, tons of bookmarks & postcards, and a $20.00 iTunes gift card–where is Mini-Alex? Visit Alex for a list of the participants. (Open through April 11 – winner announced April 13 at Alex’s blog.)

Available today!
Dragon of the Stars
By Alex J. Cavanaugh
Science Fiction – Space Opera/Adventure/Military
Print ISBN 9781939844064 EBook ISBN 9781939844057
What Are the Kargrandes? http://whatarethekargrandes.com/

The ship of legends…

The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. Poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter, he’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.

But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and told he won’t make captain, Aden’s world begins to collapse. How will he salvage his career and future during Hyrath’s darkest hour?

One chance remains–the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?


Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm. 

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Blogging break - except for tomorrow

Since most bloggers are participating in the A-Z challenge, I am going to pause in my own blog posts to finish my book. Except for tomorrow, April 7 - when there will be a post about Alex's new book.  So please make sure to stop by.

Good luck to all in the challenge. I will still check in with you guys and see what you're up to. See ya in May.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Insecure Writer's Support Group - April

I'm editing the final part of my first novel. I can see the end in sight. Not sure how long the journey to get there will take, but I know I'll make it now.

Monday I signed up for Jane Friedman's six-week 90-minute lecture series on Publishing. I know things have changed radically since I published my memoir in 2009, so this is very necessary for me to feel a bit more knowledgeable when making decisions about this book. When you put your heart and soul into something over such a long period of time, you want to give it your best shot and even though I don't feel in this moment, right now, that I have energy for this, it's the right thing to do.

My insecurity comes from doubting myself. What is helping me very much these days is a quote from Richard Rohr, a Franciscan monk who has written many books and is a gifted spiritual teacher. When asked what his definition of suffering was, he said, "Suffering is trying to make what is--something it isn't." Now I am asking myself in various situations, what is the reality here, how am I feeling, what can I do about it, if anything? The reality is I will have a finished novel some time in the next few months and I want it out there in the world. Hopefully, my incredible editor and this course will help me get there.

This post is for April's Insecure Writer's Support Group, the brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh, whose new release is coming in six days. Watch this blog and thousands of others for the release on April 7. To find other members of the support group, please visit Alex at http://www.alexj.cavanaugh.blogspot.com


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Telling the Truth Tuesday: Part III rewrite update

When I submitted this rewrite to my editor, what I was really needing to know was whether the total rewrite of this section works in terms of the story and how it fits with Parts I and II. The good news is it works. And the ending is powerful. However, there is more work that needs to be done to be done done done. I'm okay with that. I knew going in there was more work. I just didn't know exactly what and where. Well, that's not totally true. I knew some of it. When will I learn to listen to myself all of the time and trust what I'm feeling and hearing? Oy!

Anyhow, the long and short of it is the main character needs to be more three dimensional. The two main relationships she has needs to be developed more. And there needs to be more conflict throughout. Easy peasy, right?

I do not feel bad about this. Surprised, yes? So am I. I wasn't paying attention to these things at this juncture. I was concerned totally with plot. I can see what this book is going to be when it is finished, and I know the steps I need to take to get it there. I am excited and can't wait to get back to writing. Just have to get through tomorrow and part of Wednesday, then I'm there.

Take care.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday Musings: here's how you know you're stressed

It's 6:25 am on Monday morning and I just logged on to check comments on my post for this morning and voila! I thought I'd written and posted one to be scheduled and I hadn't. Oy!
So, here's the scoop. I'm meeting with my editor today to get feedback on my part III re-write. I know I can handle whatever changes he suggests, it's just that I've been working on this book since September 2009 and want to be done done done. But I can't be done done done till it's done done done the way it needs to be. Sooooo, I'll let you all know tomorrow in Telling the Truth Tuesday what happens today. Till then....


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Telling the Truth Tuesday: if I bit my nails I'd have none left

Waiting to hear from an editor is one of the hardest things ever. Your mind drives you crazy with ping pong thoughts of good to bad, worthless to jewels. Oy! Must get myself to calm place of acceptance of whatever and willingness to fix what needs fixing. Yes, that's it. Calmness. Still fighting virus. More later.

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