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

Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Holidays

This is about the time I take a break from blogging to enjoy the holiday festivities, so here's wishing all of you wonderful holidays and a very happy, healthy, joyous New Year!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Telling the Truth Tuesday: maybe it's the holidays

Do you find it hard to focus on anything but the holidays during the holidays? I'm finding it extremely difficult to concentrate on my writing, or anything other serious thought for that matter. Maybe it was overly ambitious of me to think I could draft my query and synopsis during this time, because clearly it is not going to happen. So, instead, I will focus on the beautiful music, the dazzling lights, the spiritual messages of this special season, and spend time with friends and family. The truth is, anything that relieves stress these days is a good thing--and instead of stressing over holiday stuff, I am going to dive in and enjoy. Wishing you the same....

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Musings: first test of my heart

It's been two weeks since I had the last a-fib episode. I've been so afraid to do anything to raise my heart rate because before I had the ablation procedure, once the heart rate soared, it stayed that way for hours and I felt terrible. But Friday night I went to hear one of my favorite musicians. He plays lots of oldies, swing tunes, salsas, etc. One song came on and I got up to dance without thinking about my heart at all. It was so much fun. My heart rate soared--stayed up for a few minutes after I sat down, and then came back to normal. Maybe, just maybe, I can be cautiously optimistic and say the procedure worked. Docs said we wouldn't know for 3 months. Still have fingers and toes crossed.

I feel so supported by this blogging community. Thank you all for the prayers and kind words during these last few months.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Insecure Writer's Support Group - December

Can you believe it's this time of month again. Seems like yesterday it was November. Please visit Alex J. Cavanaughhttp://www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com to find out all the details about this wonderfully supportive group.

I haven't felt insecure in a long time. Frankly, that is a miracle. I have confidence in my manuscript. I don't have confidence in my ability to find a publisher. Maybe I am remembering the pain of the last time I went through this process with my memoir. For 1 1/2 years, I sent queries to agents and didn't succeed in finding one. I didn't know about small presses at that time, so that was the end of my attempt to traditionally publish.

This time I have a plan. I will submit to small presses for some months, not sure how many. I will know when the time is right to let that idea go and self-publish. The book doesn't easily fit into a specific genre so it won't necessarily be easy for it to find a home. But find a home it will. I am nothing if not tenacious.

It's a new feeling to believe in something I've created this much. My low self-esteem has kept me from being able to acknowledge accomplishments. I am going to take Tom Clancy's quote to heart:

“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.
- Tom Clancy

How about you?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Telling the Truth Tuesday: Easing back into normal

I am cleared to resume normal activities. I just have to ease back into them. This weekend I started to exercise. Haven't done that in months. I have some Richard Simmons "Sweatin' to the Oldies" DVD's and those are fun for me because it's dancing. I pulled those out. I also started walking in the small park behind our home. I have almost no leg strength at this point and I am so looking forward to getting stronger once again.

I am easing into publishing my novel as well. This week's agenda is to get a draft of a query and synopsis done. It will be a lousy draft, but it is a beginning.

Having energy makes all the difference in the world. I am so grateful, I don't have words.
How are you all doing?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Monday Musings: First steps

Last Wednesday I turned a corner. I had energy for the first time in months. The first thing I did was call a friend who is a brilliant researcher and asked her to a) read my manuscript and then b) compile a list of publishers to submit to. Yeah for baby steps. I could do this myself, but I hate doing that kind of thing and she loves it. Plus, she could use the financial help. So it's such a win-win. Don't you love win-wins? I sure do.

Next step is to write a query and synopsis. OY! I don't enjoy that either, but I will bite the bullet and do it anyway. Any suggestions, thoughts, advice on doing this well? Any examples of successful queries/synopses? Anyone want to volunteer to do this for me? Only kidding!!

Well, off to begin this next phase of my journey. See ya tomorrow.