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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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Insecure Writer's Support Group - February

Oops, I almost missed this - I didn't even realize it was February until I started looking at other people's blogs. Sigh! Oh well, I am working on an anthology on aging, after all. Ha!

Today is the day writers in the blogosphere share their thoughts about their writing lives, thanks to the Ninja Captain Alex: www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com. Please visit Alex's blog for all the details of how to participate.

I am happy to say I am not insecure this month. I am jazzed. The anthology is nearly done. I am awaiting one last submission--all others have been vetted and edited, bios collected and edited and approved. The book has moved into the design phase. The cover is being revised based on very valuable feedback from knowledgeable friends who said the original book cover would NOT entice them to buy the book. Duh!! I was targeting 80 something people and forgetting those in their sixties and seventies. Lesson learned - really think hard about your target audience and make sure your cover will appeal to anyone who might be interested - don't limit yourself with your cover image.

This project is an absolute labor of love. It is filled with wise, heart-warming, poignant, sometimes hilarious stories and poems -- all about a very difficult subject -- being older. Notice I didn't say old. I hate that word.

Anyway, I'm hoping the book will be out perhaps early March. I'll keep you posted. In the meantime,



Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Well done Karen - it has been a labour of love ... but I'm sure will give everyone ideas of how to cope with various aspects of life, as the years creep on! Cheers Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's awesome! Glad it has come together so well. We'll help you spread the word when it's ready.

Karen Walker said...

Hilary, thanks so much
Alex, that will be such a blessing - thank you!

Murees Dupé said...

Congrats on not being insecure this month! Also, fabulous progress on the anthology. I think you are amazing for tackling this tough subject of aging. I think one should live life with spunk, regardless of your age. I am only just learning that. Wishing you the best with the rest of the publishing process.

Sarah Foster said...

That's great that the anthology is almost done. It sounds like you've put a lot of love and hard work into it.

Nicola said...

Great news, Karen! I'm really excited for you and can't wait to see the finished product. Keep enjoying life :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's wonderful it's all coming together, Karen. Putting it together on your own is a big step.

Jemi Fraser said...

Yay for you!!!
Remembering the target audience is SO important! :)

Arlee Bird said...

I've been meaning to email you but I been meaning to do a lot of things I haven't been doing. So sorry I never got back to you about the anthology--I got lost in a fog of life as sometimes happens. I've been keeping my blog full--perhaps overly so--but lax on so much of late.

Anyway, I'm glad you got some great submissions and I wish you well with the book.

I'm still kind of wondering in a bit of a fog, but visibility seems to be getting a bit better.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Fundy Blue said...

Your anthology on aging sound intriguing, Karen. I, too, hate the word "old." I'm slowly making peace with all the "dearies, honeys, darlings, and sweethearts I've been getting, but I'll never make peace with old! Good luck with your book!

Karen Walker said...

Thanks everyone. I can't wait to be able to share it with all of you.

Nick Wilford said...

Glad to hear it's coming together! I'm happy to help out with the launch, just say the word.

Bish Denham said...

I'm so glad the anthology is coming together! I think I remember at one point you were a wee bit anxious that it wasn't going to come together. So this is wonderful news.

Karen Walker said...

OH, Nick - thank you so much for that!
Yes, Bish I was a bit concerned but it really has come together beautifully

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Excited for you! I know all your hard work has make it amazing!

Karen Walker said...

Hi Elizabeth - I hope others think so - I'm very pleased with the essays and poems

DMS said...

I am glad the anthology is going well and that you had helpful feedback about the cover. :)

Wishing you the best of luck working on that labor of love. :)

Tonja said...

That's awesome that you're putting together an anthology!