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, November 4, 2015
Insecure Writer's Support Group - November - and I'm co-hosting
http:/www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com to support those of us choosing to write. Please visit Alex to learn more and find the other participants.Here is the link to the ISWG site: http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html
I am co-hosting with Denise Covey http://dencovey.blogspot.com, Stephen Tremp http://authorstephentremp.blogspot.com and Tyrean Martinson http://tyreanswritingspot.blogspot.com. Please make sure you go say hi to them as well.
I thought I would feel really insecure this month because my debut novel launched just a few weeks ago and I know people are reading it. But something has shifted inside me over the last few months as I prepared for this major event in my life -- the publishing of my first novel. I have grown secure inside my own skin. I've come to an understanding that the world is made up of billions of people, all of whom have their own ideas, opinions, beliefs, ways of acting and being in the world and that it is ridiculous for me to expect that everyone who reads my book will like it. Or me. This goes for my friends as well. I've recommended other books or movies to friends and they didn't like them. I used to think that was a reflection of me. It is so comforting to know that it isn't. It just means we are different and feel differently about things. There isn't a right or wrong about it. This may seem simplistic to some of you, but for someone like me, it's a huge insight.
The other thing that clicked into place is that I know I did my absolutely best. I couldn't have put more into this book. There was nothing more to give. There's a slogan from the 12 Step program Al-Anon: Take the Action and Let Go of the Result. I love that slogan and I'm using it to remind myself daily that I've done what I could and now I get to let go. Such a feeling of freedom.
For those who missed my blog book tour - I've created an additional page on this blog with all the posts from the tour. There's still one more to come on 11/9. If you're interesting in reading the book I've been writing about all this time, you can find it on Amazon.com, Barnes and Nobel, Kobo, I Tunes. It's called The Wishing Steps.
Till next time,