Welcome to Following the Whispers blog
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. 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. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“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
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
I'm not sure where I'm going with this post. I guess what I'm trying to say is that even if I want to take the easy way out with publishing my book, there is no such thing. There is hard work in writing a query, a synopsis, researching appropriate small publishers, mailing the packets, following up, etc. If I choose to avoid that and self-publish, there is hard work in finding an illustrator, getting help with formatting and distribution, etc. I cannot avoid the hard work, no matter which route I take. So I must take my time figuring out what is the right choice for this story. And just bite the freakin' bullet and do it.
Monday, October 27, 2014
How about you? Do you find it hard to do what you don't want to do?
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
I'm back home from my son's wedding. It was so very beautiful. I can't stop looking at the pictures, which I'm sorry to say I can't share because he's a very private person. If you've read my memoir, you know what this event means to me. I have no words.
When I returned home I had an appointment with another cardiologist for a second opinion. This is the third heart doc I've seen. I am going to stick with this one and on 11/17 have a procedure called an ablation to fix the A-fib and fast heart rate. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
But here's what I want to talk about. Three cardiologists--doctors who specialize in fixing our hearts--the home of our emotions. Yet not one of these docs are warm and fuzzy. I find that so incredibly odd. Don't you?
Monday, October 6, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Yikes - it's October. Where did the summer go? Time is moving so fast. The first Wednesday of the month is Insecure Writer's Support Group day (IWSG), the brainchild of Alex, the Ninja Captain of the blogosphere: http://www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com
Please check out Alex's blog, if you haven't already, to get the list of awesome members of this supportive group of writers.
I am feeling secure this month. I finished my novel--my first attempt at fiction. It took me five years to write, and I was pretty much kicking and screaming the entire time that I couldn't write fiction. I have to tell the truth here, I needed help with craft technique, and I got it in spades from my writing coach, Mark David Gerson http://www.mdgmedia.com. Without him, I never would have birthed this book. He guided me every step of the way. Many many blessings to you, Mark David. I am so grateful.
My insecurity comes from the next phase of this project--publishing. I have decided that a small press is the best avenue for this novel. One press is reading it now--I'm keeping my fingers crossed. But I am hopeful, even if that doesn't pan out, that I will find a home for this book. And if I don't, I am perfectly willing to self-publish. I'll just need lots and lots of help. And I know I'll find it right here in this loving, supportive, amazing group.