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

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween and my book signing



Well, my blog tour is just about over. I have one more stop in November. On Saturday, which was supposed to be the official launch date, I am having a book signing at a local metaphysical bookstore, Blue Eagle Metaphysical Emporium. 

It is fitting that I do this on that day, as Halloween is the Wiccan sabbath, Samhain, a day when the veil between the human world and the Spirit world is the thinnest. It is similar to All Saints Eve in that respect.


My story is about connecting to the Divine or God or whatever you choose to call the energy or intelligence that makes the universe work. 

I want to thank the following blog buddies (in no particular order) for their willingness to help spread the word leading up to this day:

Nicola
SK Anthony
Arlee Bird
Brandon Ax
Alex Cavanaugh
Diane Wolfe
Bish Denham (that's where I'll be in November)
Mason at Thoughts in Progress
Tracy
Murees
Stephanie Faris
Jemi Fraser
Karen Jones Gowen
Paul Anthony Short
Robin
Jessica Bell

This blogging community is truly a gift in my life and I am grateful to all of you for your support, encouragement, and kindness.

If you're interested in The Wishing Steps, here's the scoop:

Three Women and a Single Story That Unites Them Across the Millennia

“Totally engrossing. A must-read for today’s wise woman!”Rev. Kathleen McKern Verigin, minister/priestess

Brighid, Ashleen and Megan: Bound through time by a curious light, a mysterious voice and a call they dare not ignore. Yet in obeying this strange force, the women must face soul-searing trials that call into question everything they know and believe — about themselves and about the world around them.

“Guaranteed to inspire you to a deeper level of spirituality and a new appreciation for Goddess.”Rev. Clara Z. Alexander

Check out my new website at www.karenhelenewalker.com

You can order both the print version and ebook at Amazon.com. 
Ebook version can also be found at: Kobo, I tunes, and Barnes and Noble.


Blessings,
Karen



Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I'm at Thoughts in Progress today


From nonfiction to fiction in one easy trip - that's what I'm discussing at Thoughts in Progress today.
Please join us.

http://masoncanyon.blogspot.com/2015/10/from-nonfiction-to-fiction-in-one-easy.html

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I'm at Paul Anthony's blog today


If you want to know how a trip to Scotland turned into a six-year-long journey of writing a novel, come visit me at Paul Anthony's blog today:

http://paulanthonyshortt.blogspot.com


Blessings,
Karen

Monday, October 26, 2015

I'm at Karen's blog today


Turning Negatives to Positives. That's my new motto and I'm talking about it over at Karen's blog. Care to join us?

http://karenjonesgowen.blogspot.com

Sunday, October 25, 2015

I'm at Jemi's blog today


I was a nonfiction writing for more than three decades. I never intended to write fiction. Today I'm at Jemi's blog talking about what it was like trying fiction for the first time. Why don't you come say hi.

http://jemifraser.blogspot.com

Saturday, October 24, 2015

I'm at Stephanie's blog today


The journey of writing The Wishing Steps became a deep and profound spiritual journey. It all began with a voice. Please join me at Stephanie's blog to learn about "The Voices."

http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

Friday, October 23, 2015

I'm at Muree's blog today


Those of us who write agonize over the question of traditional publishing or self-publishing. At least many of us do. Today I'm at Muree's blog talking about the joys of self-publishing. Come check it out.

http://www.mureesdupe.com

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Today I'm at Tracy's blog

Hello,

Today I'm at the wonderful Tracy's blog: http://pullupatoadstool.com/2015/10/22/author-interview-with-karen-helene-walker/
Please stop by and say hello.

Blessings,
Karen

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I'm at Robin's blog today

Hello everyone,
Are you a glass half empty or glass half full kinda person. Today I'm at Robin's blog talking about turning negatives to positives. Please come say hi.

http://yourdailydose-robin.blogspot.com

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

I'm at Brandon's blog today



Whew, this is a whirlwind, isn't it. Today I'm visiting Brandon Ax for what I hope is an interesting interview. Please come visit.

http://baxwriting.blogspot.com

Monday, October 19, 2015

It's Official AND I'm at Tossing it Out today

It's official. My book is out in bookstores and available for purchase.


Today the wonderful Arlee Bird of A-Z Challenge fame, is kind enough to host me today. Please come visit us at: http://tossingitout.blogspot.com where I'm talking about what I learned from writing a novel after 35+ years of writing nonfiction.

Blessings,
Karen

Saturday, October 17, 2015

I'm visiting my writing coach today

I am so lucky to have writing coach and writer Mark David Gerson living and writing right here in Albuquerque. Without him, there would be no novel. He graciously invited me to guest post on his blog today. Please stop by and say hello. I've expanded on my Reluctant Novelist story, talking a bit more about the process of writing the novel.

http://markdavidmuse.blogspot.com/2015/10/karen-helene-walker-voice-of-her-muse.html

Blessings,
Karen

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Whew!

Wow, I was in Greece and Germany yesterday on my blog tour. So exciting. Now there will be a small break until the 19th so I can recover.

See ya then.

Till then, here's a quote I found that I absolutely love by W.B. Yeats:

"If what I say resonates with you, it's merely because we are both branches on the same tree."

Blessings,
Karen


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I'm in two places at once today

Hi,

Stop two on my blog tour.I'm actually cloned.

Please stop by The Artist Unleashed where I'm talking about being a reluctant novelist.
http://www.theartistunleashed.com/blog

My wonderful friend from Germany is als interviewing me today at her blog:
http://njburggraf.blogspot.com


Hope to see you there.

Blessings,
Karen


Monday, October 12, 2015

I'm at SK Anthony's blog today


Hi - Today is the first day of my blog tour for my new novel, The Wishing Steps.
My first stop is SK Anthony's blog where I'll be talking about: What You Think of Me is None of My Business. Please come on over and say hi.

www.skanthony.com

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Insecure Writers Support Group - October

Thank you Alex http://www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com for creating The Insecure Writer's Support Group. I really need it this month. I don't think it's because I'm insecure, although ya never know with me. I think it's because I'm super excited that my debut novel, The Wishing Steps is due out on October 31. I won't say that I don't have anxiety about it. I do. But I think the excitement is overriding the anxiety.

I think writers always worry about what others will think of what they wrote. In this case, I really have to let go of that because I am so sure I was called to write this book because of the way the story came to me.

I'm not going to share that story here today because I'll be posting on several other blogs all during the month of October sharing parts of that story. But suffice it to say, the journey from the time I heard a voice in Scotland ask me to tell its story, to now, when the story is about to be released into the world, became a deep and profound spiritual one for me. One I am deeply grateful for.

Till next month,
Karen

Oh, and here's the scoop on The Wishing Steps.


You can pre-order The Wishing Steps as an ebook on Amazon.com. Otherwise, print version will be available on 10/31 on Amazon.com and ebook versions on iTunes, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble as well.