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, September 28, 2015
On each day that I am guest posting, I will post here where I'll be. In the meantime, here is the cover.
You guys rock. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
This photo makes me so happy. This is Mark David Gerson, author of 12, count them, 12 award-winning books. Here he is with his latest, an exquisite, poignant novel called Sara's Year. From the first sentence to the last, I was hooked, mesmerized and caught up in the lives of Esther, Sarah and Bernie. When the book ended, I cried for more -- I'm not kidding. I need a sequel. This book has everything that makes me unable to put a book down: characters I love and care about, a need to find out what happens to them, conversations and scenes that are so real I feel I am a fly on the wall, and a story that affects me emotionally just as the characters are affected, and in the end, I am changed along with the characters. I. Could. Not. Put. This. Book. Down.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Monday, September 14, 2015
I would also be happy to write guest posts for anyone interested in that. Topic can be flexible - we can talk about that.
Okay, now I'm officially anxious. This made everything so damned real.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your willingness to support me in this journey of getting this book out into the world.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
The book will debut some time in October. I'm shooting for an October 31 release date, but I'm hoping pre-ordering will be possible before then.
Without further ado,
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
I am also busy setting up an Amazon author page, Facebook author page, and setting up accounts at all the e-pub sites. The print version will be available on Amazon.com. (author collapses here in relief).
I am both excited and terrified to put this book out in the world, but I know for sure I was called to write it and am called to send it out into the universe. Whatever happens after that is none of my business.
I recently had a profound insight about myself - one that is radically changing the way I move through my world. It is that I am absolutely driven by what other people will think of me. It operated on an unconscious level so it was hard for me to see and understand how insidious it is and how much it impacted my life.
For example, if I'm out with a group of people and one of the group is behaving in an inappropriate manner, I would be aware of feeling embarrassed for them. But it goes deeper. What I was really feeling was fear of what others would think of me because I was with this person.
Now, with my book coming out and it's subject matter that has already made some people uncomfortable, I have to work really hard to let go about peoples' opinions. Someone's negative reaction shouldn't change the fact that I wrote the book I was called to write.
Hope to be back in a few days with the cover.
I want to leave you with this last thought:
I just finished reading Wayne Dyer's memoir "I Can See Clearly Now," which I'd started before he died. One of the many concepts he talks about is how we're all connected to God, Divine energy, the Tao, whatever you choose to call it. I've had trouble with that concept - just couldn't see it. At the same time, I'm working on a gigantic jigsaw puzzle. When I wrote my memoir in 2009, I felt as if I were putting a the pieces of my life together like a jigsaw puzzle, so that analogy was already at work when I had this insight. I saw the universe as a huge jigsaw puzzle. When you work a puzzle, there are colors that go together, and if you try to fit the wrong color in with the others, it doesn't work. But when the puzzle is finished, all the colors are part of the whole. And I suddenly got that is how the universe works. The people and the land are all the pieces and I fit in my own little circle colors and shapes, but I am not directly connected to your little colors and shapes on the other side of the world. But we're all part of the whole.
The insight is only a few days old but I'm already noticing slight changes in how I'm perceiving and treating others.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Am I insecure this month? Duh! I made the decision to self-publish. I was hoping to have a cover to show you today, but it's not quite there yet. The book is already formatted. I've gone through it with a fine tooth comb and found spacing errors, words missing, things in italics that shouldn't be. Utterly normal for this to happen, but it's so easy to miss something. Those will be fixed in the next few days. Then I must go through it again to make sure everything was done and nothing else went glitchy.
But aside from those technical details, I'm terrified to put this book out in the world. When you pour your heart and mind and body and soul into something and then share it, there is always the potential for criticism and judgment. Heck, we get criticized and judged for statements we make in our lives as well. I get that intellectually. But I'm human. I want people to not only like what I've written, but to understand its meaning. And I can't control that -- darn it.
So, you bet I'm insecure. But someone once wrote a book called Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway. So that's me this month. Very very afraid, but putting one foot in front of the other and doing what I need to do to get my baby out there. SIGH!
How about you?