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

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Telling the Truth Tuesday - I'm back....

Hi everyone. Got back yesterday afternoon from our two-week sojourn across the Southwestern United States - more than 3,000 miles. Still in the process of re-entering the real world, so no post today, except to say hope all is well in your worlds and I'll catch up with everyone over the next few days. Oh, and hopefully have some gorgeous pics to share.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

On Blogcation

With A-Z behind us, I'm leaving bloggydom for the next few weeks to renew, recharge, rejuvenate with hubby on a lovely road trip to: Arches, Bryce, Zion, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. Somewhere in the middle, hubby will get to play train engineer for a day with a real steam and diesel train. He is a train fanatic and is over the moon about this opportunity. I am going to focus on him, our marriage, and the beautiful scenery and nature we are going to encounter. Be well and I'll re-connect when we return.


Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday Musings: Reflections post AND Glynis Symy launches her debut novel


The challenge was very different this year. Yes, it was fun visiting new blogs and having new visitors to mine, but my follower count didn't increase much at all, and frankly, I would be lying if I said it wasn't a compelling reason to participate in blogfests. I wonder if my expectations are realistic. Last year, my follower count doubled. This time, it increased by about 30. Most of us are writers who are trying to build a platform and a presence on line so that when we put a book out in the market, there is an audience who will be willing to purchase them because they know us and want to support us. In addition to that reason, I blog because I have things I want to share about this journey I am on called life --things I hope just might help others on their journey.
This year, I'm not sure the challenge was worth the time and energy and effort. I visited more than 800 blogs and followed most of them and definitely left comments even if I didn't follow. It makes me sad I didn't make it to all the blogs, but that is impossible with over 1600 blogs participating.
I am questioning why people choose to follow a blog and why certain blogs get so many more followers than others. If other participants had a different result, than I need to look at my blog and why it's not inspiring followers. I'm curious to see how other bloggers feel about this.

Today writer/poet, Glynis Smy adds author/novelist to her name. Her debut novel; Ripper, My Love, is launched in ebook format and paperback. The genre for this love story falls into the one of Historical Romance Suspense.

Growing up in late nineteenth century East London, Kitty Harper’s life is filled with danger and death – from her mother, her beloved neighbour and the working women of the streets.

With her ever-watchful father and living surrogate family though, Kitty feels protected from harm. In fact, she feels so safe that while Whitechapel cowers under the cloud of a fearsome murderer, she strikes out on her own, moving into new premises to accommodate her sewing business.

But danger is closer than she thinks. In truth, it has burrowed itself right into her heart in the form of a handsome yet troubled bachelor, threatening everything she holds dear. Will Kitty fall prey to lust – and death – herself, or can she find the strength inside to fight for her business, sanity and her future? And who is the man terrifying the streets of East London?

Who is Glynis Smy?

My PhotoGlynis was born and raised in England, in the coastal town of Dovercourt, near the port of Harwich (where the captain of the Mayflower lived). After qualifying as a nurse, she married her school friend, and they produced three children. During her rare quiet moments, she wrote poetry and articles for magazines. In 2005 she and her husband emigrated to Cyprus for a new life in the sun. It was here that Glynis lay down her cross stitch and started making writing friends on the Internet. With their support and encouragement she shared her poetry, and was successful in a few contests. She shared a short story with a friend, who wrote back telling her it was worthy of becoming a novel, and not to waste the premise upon a brief plot. The story is the one being launched today. Glynis found her love of writing 19th Century, historical romances and her second novel, Maggie's Child, will be published at the end of 2012.

Aside from writing and Cross stitch, Glynis enjoys creating greetings cards, and sells them to raise funds for a small hospice in Cyprus. One of her pleasures is to sit on the back porch with a glass of wine, and reflect upon her good life. She can often be heard chatting to new characters urging her forward.

Her desire to pay back those who had supported her is realised in a blog designed specifically to promote the books of others: New Book Bloggerhttp://newbookblogger.blogspot.com/. You can find her personal writing blog at www.glynissmy.com. Glynis finds the community spirit of writers on Facebook a valuable one.

Want to purchase a copy?  Launch day price for the Kindle is 99c/77p!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Let's learn from the doggies

Last nite this story appeared on the Evening News with Diane Sawyer. A two-year-old Golden retriever is blind. Born that way. He's been having seizures his whole life and they are getting worse. They have repeatedly talked about putting him down. He is in a veterinary hospital in Tulsa, OK. Enter a street dog who had been shot as a pop. Street dog cowers when faced with people or other dogs. The two are introduced. Street Dog instinctively knows Golden is blind. She picks up Golden's leash with her teeth and begins leading her around the yard. No cowering here. Golden follows her. They begin to bond and play together. Street Dog becomes Golden's seeing eye dog. Soon, Golden's seizures stop and the two dogs are living happily ever after. When I stopped crying, I asked myself why humans can't learn to behave like these two doggies?


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Insecure Writer's Support Group - May

I am at an odd stage in my life. My so-called careers are over. I am now in my 60's and it is perfectly okay to be "retired." When my parents retired, they didn't work anymore. Not so for me. I'm still writing. However, I have made so little money writing that I don't consider it a career, so I'm actually grateful I can say I'm retired and writing is my hobby.

That said, I still get into trouble comparing myself to other more "successful" authors. I still dream of being a traditionally published author selling lots of books. And I still need to write, whether or not my words get out there for others to see. My insecurities stifle my creativity. I need to constantly remind myself not to compare myself to anyone else. And if I stop dreaming, I might as well be dead.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Telling the truth Tuesday - I'm exhausted

I'm very tired. Bone tired. Not just from the a-z challenge - yippee - we did it, but I've been working hard with my singing group and have gotten no writing done on my novel and that never makes me happy. Hubby and I are leaving for a trip in a short while and I need my energy for that. And for some important singing gigs this week, so blogging will be sporadic in the month of May.

I know, not very smart cutting back after the challenge because I do so want to keep up with my new blogging friends and continue down the list of participants. I only made it to about 1/2 the bloggers.

I will do the best I can, that's all I can promise.

Happy May Day!