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, August 31, 2015

Dr. Wayne Dyer

I am filled with sadness at the passing from this world of Dr. Wayne Dyer. He was one of the most influential teachers in my journey towards healing, which I began in 1978. His own story, the power of his words, his wisdom, and the way he shares his teachings, all had a profound impact on me and my life. His family says he was looking forward to this next adventure in the world of Spirit, but his spirit will surely be missed in our world.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

It's official

Yup, it's official. I am going to self-publish my debut novel, The Wishing Steps. I really do feel this is the right path for this story. I have someone designing the interior pages and formatting the book. Someone else is working on the cover. I am looking for folks who are willing to write back cover blurbs. September is the six-year anniversary of the voice asking me to tell its story. I can't tell you how excited I am that I will finally be able to share it.

With that, of course, comes all sorts of feelings. The story deals with subject matter that could be considered controversial. Hopefully, what that means is that it will trigger dialogue. I usually tend to avoid conflict of any kind. When you're a writer, that's impossible.

I've listened to the voice and written down the words. Once I put those out in the world, however folks respond is not up to me, is it? It's all about trusting myself and trusting my path.

Keep your fingers crossed for me, okay?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Insecure Writer's Support Group - August

It's that time of month again. Thanks to Alex at http:/www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com, we have this amazing community of writers supporting one another once a month through the IWSG.

I have sent out query letters to about a dozen small presses and received several responses so far. I'm not sure why I felt the need to query publishers rather than just self-publishing. Oftentimes there is a reason when I feel compelled to do something, and it's not always the obvious reason such as wanting to be traditionally published. It would be lovely if that happens, but truly, at my age, I think I just want the fruits of my six-years of labor on my novel to be out in the world. Self-publishing today is so different from when I published my memoir in 2009.

So, I'm contemplating cover art, back-cover copy, blurbs, endorsements, etc. and will probably make a decision some time in the next few weeks. This week I am spending time with my story. I haven't read it since I completed it a month or so ago. I'm hoping it will let me know what next steps to take with it.