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

Friday, March 31, 2017

Blog book tour




THANK YOU TO MASON CANYON OF MC BOOK TOURS FOR A FANTASTIC BOOK TOUR!!!!

THANK YOU WONDERFUL BLOGGERS FOR ALLOWING THE "STILL ME" WRITERS TO VISIT YOUR BLOGS AND TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK.

Blessings,
Karen

Thursday, March 30, 2017

an interview

This is an interview Sharon Lippincott of The Heart and Craft of Life Writing http://heartandcraft.blogspot.com did as part of the blog book tour.

What motivated you to take on this project?
It really began when I had to care for my aging dad and then my mother-in-law. I saw what aging does first-hand and began to think about what would happen when I got older. Then an 88-year-old friend made the comment, “I don’t see me anymore when I look in the mirror.” That really stuck with me. While on retreat with a friend, it came to me that putting together an anthology about aging might be inspiring and helpful to those of us who are already seniors, as well as those caring for aging parents.
What value do you find in a variety of viewpoints?
It surprised me when I began receiving submissions that each writer chose a different aspect of aging. I’d been afraid I’d have to reject submissions because they were too similar. Other than surprise at the various viewpoints, I learned a lot from how others think about the aging process as well as how they deal with the issues.
What have you learned about life and aging from this experience?
That I’m not alone. That each and every one of us is at some point in the aging process. That aging is not a choice, but living is. That none of us knows when our time will be up, but we can choose how we use the time we have left. I’ve learned that our attitude about what life hands us is crucial to maneuvering through this process with grace and dignity.
This book seems like a huge project, from soliciting entries to editing, to laying it all out and publishing. This may be like asking a woman who just gave birth if she wants another child, but ... do you think you'd do it again? 
Sheesh. It is like labor pain where the memory of the pain diminishes with time. Working on the anthology was a very rewarding process, especially seeing the end result. There were challenges, though, especially having to reject submissions. As a writer, telling a person I couldn’t use their work was one of the toughest challenges I’ve ever faced. Would I do it again? Perhaps. If I did, the subject matter would have to overpower the reasons why I wouldn’t want to, which at this point would be mostly financial. It was costly to produce this book. 
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the contributing authors for their hard work and diligence in making the necessary edits, but most especially for their wisdom and humor in tackling this most difficult topic. And thanks to Mark David Gerson for his wise counsel in editing and his amazing book design. And lastly, thanks to Kathleen Messmer for her wonderful photography
Do you have any thoughts in closing?
These words from Tom Clancy seem to sum things up: 
Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words. If you reach that point, you have won a victory over yourself no less impressive than sailing single-handed around the world.
FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED, HERE IS THE TOUR SCHEDULE FOR "STILL ME...AFTER ALL THESE YEARS" through MC Book Tours.


March 27 – Just Jemi – Excerpt
Celticlady’s Reviews – Excerpt
Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit – Interview
Necessary Madness: A Writer on the Road
March 28 – Thoughts in Progress – Excerpt
March 29 –The Story of a Writer – Feature
Mark David Gerson
March 30 – Mello & June, It’s A Book Thang – FeatureMello & June, It’s A Book Thang – Feature
March 31 – Reviews by Crystal – Interview
Book Reviews by Pat Garcia


PS - THERE'S A GIVEAWAY - PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/MDE5YjMyZjhkNzkwOWZlOTRlOGNmZTI4YmUwNjg5OjMwNw==/?

The giveaway ends at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, April 4

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Creating Stories


It’s a pleasure to be participating in the Blog Tour for CREATING STORIES by Hank Quense through MC Book Tours.

Do you have a story in you? Do you know how to write it or how to tell it? Well, CREATING STORIES has the answers. In addition, Hank is offering a tour-wide giveaway featuring five (5) eBooks of CREATING STORIES and three (3) print copies of the author’s MOXIE'S PROBLEM (U.S. entries only). See how you can enter to win below. If you don’t want to wait to win a copy of CREATING STORIES, Hank is offering a special ‘half price’ sale that will only be available during his tour (March 20 through April 14).

Hank, the author of more than twenty books, tells you how to write your story. He believes that stories come from the melding of three elements: getting ideas, story design, and story-telling. Ideas have to come from the author. CREATING STORIES covers the last two.

Creating Stories
by Hank Quense
  • Published by Strange World Publishing
  • AVAILABLE April 1, 2017
  • $8.99, 9947 KB, 105 Pages
  • Genre: Fiction Writing
  • ASIN: B01MZ6E3EM

          The book concentrates on developing characters including such rarely discussed requirements such as a dominant reader emotion and the character's biography.
          Plots are also covered in depth and a number of graphics are included to illustrate complex points. Another topic discusses subplots and how to utilize them and how to nest them within the main plot.
          A separate chapter discusses the relationship between the plot and the emotional arcs.
Other topics covered are character arcs, scene design, point-of-view, writing voice.

Be sure to add CREATING STORIES to your shelf on Goodreads.

About the Author:

Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric sci-fi and fantasy stories.
He also writes and lectures about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published 19 books and 50 short stories along with dozens of articles. He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject. He is currently working on a third Moxie novel that takes place in the Camelot era.

He and his wife, Pat, usually vacation in another galaxy or parallel universe. They also time travel occasionally when Hank is searching for new story ideas.

You can connect with Hank on his Amazon Author Page.

You can check out the schedule and follow Hank’s tour by clicking HERE.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

This tour-wide giveaway is for five (5) eBooks of CREATING STORIES and three (3) print copies of the author’s MOXIE'S PROBLEM (U.S. entries only). The prizes are courtesy of the publisher. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, April 18.

And here's a short guest post by Hank.

What is the most difficult aspect of writing a book that will help others to write?

For me, the most difficult part of designing a story is getting the ending.  I'm a big believer in planning a story, so if you're a panster feel free to ignore everything that follows.
My stories all start with a character.  I don't know why, but that's the way it happens.  My next step is to come up with a plot problem for the character to work on.  Coming up with a plot problem isn't too difficult, but the next step is.  I don't do any work on the story until I can come up with an ending.  I don't develop the characters, the setting, or the scenes until and unless I come up with an ending.  And it has to be an ending that can I believe in, one that I can write convincingly about.  If I don't believe in the ending, I'll never get the reader to believe it.
The reason I don't work on the characters and other elements of the story is this: If I can't get an ending, there won't be a story.  I need to know the ending because everything that goes into the story has to point the reader toward that ending.  I can't do that if I don't know the ending.

The reason for putting everything on hold until I get the ending is because if I spend time developing characters and so forth, all that effort is wasted unless I can come up with a story ending.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to check out Hank’s book. 

And for those of you following "Still Me...After All These Years" book tour, here's the schedule:

March 27 – Just Jemi – Excerpt
March 28 – Thoughts in Progress – Excerpt
March 29 –The Story of a Writer – Feature
March 30 – Mello & June, It’s A Book Thang – FeatureMello & June, It’s A Book Thang – Feature
March 31 – Reviews by Crystal – Interview



Saturday, March 25, 2017

an interview

This is an interview Sharon Lippincott of The Heart and Craft of Life Writing http://heartandcraft.blogspot.com did as part of the blog book tour.

What motivated you to take on this project?
It really began when I had to care for my aging dad and then my mother-in-law. I saw what aging does first-hand and began to think about what would happen when I got older. Then an 88-year-old friend made the comment, “I don’t see me anymore when I look in the mirror.” That really stuck with me. While on retreat with a friend, it came to me that putting together an anthology about aging might be inspiring and helpful to those of us who are already seniors, as well as those caring for aging parents.
What value do you find in a variety of viewpoints?
It surprised me when I began receiving submissions that each writer chose a different aspect of aging. I’d been afraid I’d have to reject submissions because they were too similar. Other than surprise at the various viewpoints, I learned a lot from how others think about the aging process as well as how they deal with the issues.
What have you learned about life and aging from this experience?
That I’m not alone. That each and every one of us is at some point in the aging process. That aging is not a choice, but living is. That none of us knows when our time will be up, but we can choose how we use the time we have left. I’ve learned that our attitude about what life hands us is crucial to maneuvering through this process with grace and dignity.
This book seems like a huge project, from soliciting entries to editing, to laying it all out and publishing. This may be like asking a woman who just gave birth if she wants another child, but ... do you think you'd do it again? 
Sheesh. It is like labor pain where the memory of the pain diminishes with time. Working on the anthology was a very rewarding process, especially seeing the end result. There were challenges, though, especially having to reject submissions. As a writer, telling a person I couldn’t use their work was one of the toughest challenges I’ve ever faced. Would I do it again? Perhaps. If I did, the subject matter would have to overpower the reasons why I wouldn’t want to, which at this point would be mostly financial. It was costly to produce this book. 
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the contributing authors for their hard work and diligence in making the necessary edits, but most especially for their wisdom and humor in tackling this most difficult topic. And thanks to Mark David Gerson for his wise counsel in editing and his amazing book design. And lastly, thanks to Kathleen Messmer for her wonderful photography
Do you have any thoughts in closing?
These words from Tom Clancy seem to sum things up: 
Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words. If you reach that point, you have won a victory over yourself no less impressive than sailing single-handed around the world.
FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED, HERE IS THE TOUR SCHEDULE FOR "STILL ME...AFTER ALL THESE YEARS" through MC Book Tours.


March 27 – Just Jemi – Excerpt
Celticlady’s Reviews – Excerpt
Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit – Interview
Necessary Madness: A Writer on the Road
March 28 – Thoughts in Progress – Excerpt
March 29 –The Story of a Writer – Feature
https://www.markdavidgerson.com
March 30 – Mello & June, It’s A Book Thang – FeatureMello & June, It’s A Book Thang – Feature
March 31 – Reviews by Crystal – Interview
Book Reviews by Pat Garcia

PS - THERE'S A GIVEAWAY - PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/MDE5YjMyZjhkNzkwOWZlOTRlOGNmZTI4YmUwNjg5OjMwNw==/?

The giveaway ends at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, April 4

Friday, March 24, 2017

Blog tour schedule

This is an interview Sharon Lippincott of The Heart and Craft of Life Writing http://heartandcraft.blogspot.com did as part of the blog book tour.

What motivated you to take on this project?
It really began when I had to care for my aging dad and then my mother-in-law. I saw what aging does first-hand and began to think about what would happen when I got older. Then an 88-year-old friend made the comment, “I don’t see me anymore when I look in the mirror.” That really stuck with me. While on retreat with a friend, it came to me that putting together an anthology about aging might be inspiring and helpful to those of us who are already seniors, as well as those caring for aging parents.
What value do you find in a variety of viewpoints?
It surprised me when I began receiving submissions that each writer chose a different aspect of aging. I’d been afraid I’d have to reject submissions because they were too similar. Other than surprise at the various viewpoints, I learned a lot from how others think about the aging process as well as how they deal with the issues.
What have you learned about life and aging from this experience?
That I’m not alone. That each and every one of us is at some point in the aging process. That aging is not a choice, but living is. That none of us knows when our time will be up, but we can choose how we use the time we have left. I’ve learned that our attitude about what life hands us is crucial to maneuvering through this process with grace and dignity.
This book seems like a huge project, from soliciting entries to editing, to laying it all out and publishing. This may be like asking a woman who just gave birth if she wants another child, but ... do you think you'd do it again? 
Sheesh. It is like labor pain where the memory of the pain diminishes with time. Working on the anthology was a very rewarding process, especially seeing the end result. There were challenges, though, especially having to reject submissions. As a writer, telling a person I couldn’t use their work was one of the toughest challenges I’ve ever faced. Would I do it again? Perhaps. If I did, the subject matter would have to overpower the reasons why I wouldn’t want to, which at this point would be mostly financial. It was costly to produce this book. 
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the contributing authors for their hard work and diligence in making the necessary edits, but most especially for their wisdom and humor in tackling this most difficult topic. And thanks to Mark David Gerson for his wise counsel in editing and his amazing book design. And lastly, thanks to Kathleen Messmer for her wonderful photography
Do you have any thoughts in closing?
These words from Tom Clancy seem to sum things up: 
Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words. If you reach that point, you have won a victory over yourself no less impressive than sailing single-handed around the world.
FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED, HERE IS THE TOUR SCHEDULE FOR "STILL ME...AFTER ALL THESE YEARS" through MC Book Tours.


March 27 – Just Jemi – Excerpt
Celticlady’s Reviews – Excerpt
Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit – Interview
Necessary Madness: A Writer on the Road
March 28 – Thoughts in Progress – Excerpt
March 29 –The Story of a Writer – Feature
Mark David Gerson
March 30 – Mello & June, It’s A Book Thang – FeatureMello & June, It’s A Book Thang – Feature
March 31 – Reviews by Crystal – Interview
Book Reviews by Pat Garcia

PS - THERE'S A GIVEAWAY - PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/MDE5YjMyZjhkNzkwOWZlOTRlOGNmZTI4YmUwNjg5OjMwNw==/?

The giveaway ends at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, April 4

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Blog tour schedule















FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED, HERE IS THE TOUR SCHEDULE FOR "STILL ME...AFTER ALL THESE YEARS" through MC Book Tours.

March 20 – Alex J. Cavanaugh – Guest Post
Random Thoughts – Excerpt
Valerie Capps, Short Story Author
March 21 – Stephanie Faris, Children’s Author – Guest Post
Author Karen Walker…Following the Whispers
March 22 – Scattergun Scribblings – Guest Post and Feature
LD Masterson
March 23 – What Is That Book About – Excerpt
Patricia Stoltey, Author
March 24 – The Heart and Craft of Life Writing – Interview
I Think: Therefore, I Yam
March 27 – Just Jemi – Excerpt
Celticlady’s Reviews – Excerpt
Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit – Interview
Necessary Madness: A Writer on the Road
March 28 – Thoughts in Progress – Excerpt
March 29 –The Story of a Writer – Feature
Mark David Gerson
March 30 – Mello & June, It’s A Book Thang – FeatureMello & June, It’s A Book Thang – Feature
March 31 – Reviews by Crystal – Interview
Book Reviews by Pat Garcia

PS - THERE'S A GIVEAWAY - PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/MDE5YjMyZjhkNzkwOWZlOTRlOGNmZTI4YmUwNjg5OjMwNw==/?

The giveaway ends at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, April 4

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Blog tour schedule















FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED, HERE IS THE TOUR SCHEDULE FOR "STILL ME...AFTER ALL THESE YEARS" through MC Book Tours.

March 20 – Alex J. Cavanaugh – Guest Post
Random Thoughts – Excerpt
Valerie Capps, Short Story Author
March 21 – Stephanie Faris, Children’s Author – Guest Post
Author Karen Walker…Following the Whispers
March 22 – Scattergun Scribblings – Guest Post and Feature
LD Masterson
March 23 – What Is That Book About – Excerpt
Patricia Stoltey, Author
March 24 – The Heart and Craft of Life Writing – Interview
I Think: Therefore, I Yam
March 27 – Just Jemi – Excerpt
Celticlady’s Reviews – Excerpt
Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit – Interview
Necessary Madness: A Writer on the Road
March 28 – Thoughts in Progress – Excerpt
March 29 –The Story of a Writer – Feature
Mark David Gerson
March 30 – Mello & June, It’s A Book Thang – FeatureMello & June, It’s A Book Thang – Feature
March 31 – Reviews by Crystal – Interview
Book Reviews by Pat Garcia

PS - THERE'S A GIVEAWAY - PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/MDE5YjMyZjhkNzkwOWZlOTRlOGNmZTI4YmUwNjg5OjMwNw==/?

The giveaway ends at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, April 4