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
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
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.)
Monday, April 6, 2015
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
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