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, July 29, 2014
So appreciate some advice here. I'd really prefer an iPad if I have to purchase a new device, but not if I'll lose everything on my Kindle.
Monday, July 28, 2014
I'm also still in the throes of revisions for my novel. A part of me just wants to the rest of my life to take a back seat so I can focus on this and get it done. I'm so close...
What's happening in your world?
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
First of all, I had never heard voices before, so it took some very powerful coaching sessions with Mark David Gerson, http://www.mdgmedia.com, to understand how to allow this story to emerge. Then it took several years for that to happen because there was some major spiritual healing occurring as I was writing.
When I finished the first draft, about 8 months ago, I thought I was close to being done. But I really only had a skeleton, which was hard to hear after four years of hard work. Now the skeleton is fully developed. I just received a new set of revisions from my editor, but I am closing in on being done.
All this time, I have avoided even thinking about publishing and marketing. But I want this story out in the world. Those who have read it want it out in the world. So I am starting to craft query letters. And a synopsis. And I've purchased "A Guide to Literary Agents" and "Novel and Short Story Writers Market" and am beginning to identify potential agents and publishers to contact.
If anybody has any suggestions on this next phase of my journey, I am all ears. In the meantime, how are you all? Anyone else about to embark on their "next step" in life?
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
What do you think?
Friday, July 11, 2014
Thank you all so much for the well wishes and prayers. I find it impossible to do anything with my blog on my iPhone, so I couldn't respond.
I am home, so obviously the meds didn't kill me, LOL. Now it remains to be seen if they work to keep me out of a-fib. I was in normal sinus rhythm the whole time I was in the hospital, but had an a-fib episode not 1/2 hour after I got home. I know this med doesn't cure a-fib, but I'm hoping the episodes will be fewer and far between and less intense than they have been. I was pretty upset, but I'm working my way towards accepting what is and dealing with it.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
I'll be back next week to visit all of you. Be well.
Monday, July 7, 2014
I've done enough travel over the last 18 years to know that I will have the inevitable letdown after a trip, especially a magical one like this trip to Italy and Romania. I used to get slightly depressed. But now, I just start thinking about where I want to go next. And what else in my life am I passionate about that feeds my soul. Hubby is enamored with Harry Potter, so our next trip might be one not too far away--Universal Studios and the new Harry Potter experience. Who knows?
In the meantime, to keep from allowing the letdown to get me down, I am focusing on airbrushing the language in my novel. Next step - find a line editor to nail down the grammatical issues and all the places I misused or forgot commas.
One of the readers I gave the manuscript to before I went to Europe said to me at dinner the other night, "You have to publish this book." I looked at her. She said, "No, really, you have to exhaust every possible option to get this book published."
Okay. That will keep me from feeling a letdown.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
I do miss ISWG, though, the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh, www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com. I'll have to go back and see what y'all had to say while I was gone.
Before I left, I gave my manuscript to four beta readers. It is so hard to give your baby into someone else's hands. I've been working and paying an editor for the past few months, but that's different. One of these readers is a writer/editor herself and one whom I trust implicitly. She did not find any major issues with the manuscript and, this is hard for me to say, but she totally loved the book. I will be posting more here about feedback and how I handle it, but out of the four readers, three are loving it. I haven't talked the the fourth to see if she's read it yet.
Truth is, I am proud of this book. It carries my blood and soul and sweat and tears. Everyone is telling me I should publish. I will. I just don't know whether to even try to publish traditionally or simply self-publish. I will ponder this over the next few weeks as I "airbrush" my story, as my friend so eloquently put it.
How about you? Are you feeling insecure this month?
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
|Each night at dinner, we were entertained by these guys.|
So, our routine was to have breakfast from 7 or 7:30 to 9:30, dance class from 10 am to 12 noon, lunch from 1 - 2:30, then sightseeing in this beautiful city. On days when we didn't have dance class, we took day trips. One trip was over night to a village named Rupea.
|Out of 40 participants, probably 30 of us purchased custom-made dance shoes. Here we are looking at the choices.|
|Strolling the village square.|
|an ethnographic museum of life long ago|
Many of the villages we visited were just as they were 500 or 600 years ago. Except for the cell phones, of course.
|Much of Transylvania looks like this, beautiful green, rolling hills dotted with picturesque villages.|
|Bran Castle, which really has nothing to do with Dracula|
This is how we were greeted in Rupea---with Suerca ( very potent brandy) and bread with salt. We were so warmly welcomed wherever we went. We were fed, and then we danced with their musicians and dancers.
If I am asked what I did in Romania, I say "I waited till the cows came home." We did just that. Being a kid from NYC, this was absolutely hilarious to me. The cows come strolling back from the pasture and turn left or right to get to their home.
|Part of the buffet we were welcomed with in Rupea|
|Dancing at the outdoor ethnographic museum|
|a medieval fortress in Cluj|
|one of the narrow staircases|
|We were lucky enough to visit the stables of the Lippinzaner horses. I didn't know they came from Romania.|
|One of our stops was this farm. I had never eaten a carrot straight out of the ground before. Yum!|
|At yet another village - the children sang and danced for us and then we got to join in.|
|This is goulash and the Romanian form of polenta cooking.|