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
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I feel so supported by this blogging community. Thank you all for the prayers and kind words during these last few months.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
I haven't felt insecure in a long time. Frankly, that is a miracle. I have confidence in my manuscript. I don't have confidence in my ability to find a publisher. Maybe I am remembering the pain of the last time I went through this process with my memoir. For 1 1/2 years, I sent queries to agents and didn't succeed in finding one. I didn't know about small presses at that time, so that was the end of my attempt to traditionally publish.
This time I have a plan. I will submit to small presses for some months, not sure how many. I will know when the time is right to let that idea go and self-publish. The book doesn't easily fit into a specific genre so it won't necessarily be easy for it to find a home. But find a home it will. I am nothing if not tenacious.
It's a new feeling to believe in something I've created this much. My low self-esteem has kept me from being able to acknowledge accomplishments. I am going to take Tom Clancy's quote to heart:
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
I am easing into publishing my novel as well. This week's agenda is to get a draft of a query and synopsis done. It will be a lousy draft, but it is a beginning.
Having energy makes all the difference in the world. I am so grateful, I don't have words.
How are you all doing?
Monday, December 1, 2014
Next step is to write a query and synopsis. OY! I don't enjoy that either, but I will bite the bullet and do it anyway. Any suggestions, thoughts, advice on doing this well? Any examples of successful queries/synopses? Anyone want to volunteer to do this for me? Only kidding!!
Well, off to begin this next phase of my journey. See ya tomorrow.