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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, September 2, 2015
Insecure Writer's Support Group - September
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?