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
Monday, August 31, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
With that, of course, comes all sorts of feelings. The story deals with subject matter that could be considered controversial. Hopefully, what that means is that it will trigger dialogue. I usually tend to avoid conflict of any kind. When you're a writer, that's impossible.
I've listened to the voice and written down the words. Once I put those out in the world, however folks respond is not up to me, is it? It's all about trusting myself and trusting my path.
Keep your fingers crossed for me, okay?
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
I have sent out query letters to about a dozen small presses and received several responses so far. I'm not sure why I felt the need to query publishers rather than just self-publishing. Oftentimes there is a reason when I feel compelled to do something, and it's not always the obvious reason such as wanting to be traditionally published. It would be lovely if that happens, but truly, at my age, I think I just want the fruits of my six-years of labor on my novel to be out in the world. Self-publishing today is so different from when I published my memoir in 2009.
So, I'm contemplating cover art, back-cover copy, blurbs, endorsements, etc. and will probably make a decision some time in the next few weeks. This week I am spending time with my story. I haven't read it since I completed it a month or so ago. I'm hoping it will let me know what next steps to take with it.