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
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Thank you for all the kind words of support. It means more than you know.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
How about you? Are you high key or low key?
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
These are some of the questions that keep me up at night. And have me thinking during the day. I am at a point in my life where, if it doesn't feed my soul, I want to let it go. And if it is draining, I definitely want to let it go. So I'm sorting through my activities, people, places, and things, and will hopefully be making some positive changes over the next few months.
How about you?
Monday, August 18, 2014
Nothing. I called the monitoring company back and asked if there was a phone # to call to get this resolved. There was. I called the doc back and gave them the #. One of the receptionists took it upon herself to call and the monitoring company walked her thru the process to get me on the books, so to speak. Voila, I was hooked up. I asked to speak to her supervisor to let them know she had gone above and beyond the call of duty. Then I tried the monitor. Didn't work. They are fed-exing me one tomorrow.
Now I ask you, who is going to do this for me when I can no longer do it for myself. My husband, wonderful, loving man that he is, would just have accepted what he was told at first, that the guy was not in yet and would be told about this. I don't know many people as tenacious as I am when something just isn't acceptable or just doesn't make sense.
How about you?
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
As I go line by line thru the book, looking for repetitive words, better metaphors, improve dialogue, remove superfluous words, etc., my brain gets tired. I don't push through that feeling. I take a break.
This is why setting word count goals don't work for me, because I need to pay attention to my rhythms and my body and listen when it tells me to stop.
How about you? How do you stay focused?
Monday, August 11, 2014
In my profession, I wrote articles, news releases, brochures and other collateral material. And when I quit my job to write full-time, I stayed with what I knew--non-fiction articles. Then I spent 10 years writing and eventually publishing a memoir that just wouldn't leave me alone until I did it.
Five years ago, a voice came to me while I was vacationing in Ireland and Scotland, saying, "Tell my story." I have spent those years first trying to discern who/what the voice was and allowing it to emerge from the depths of my being, then crafting it into a novel. Now I have to admit, I had fantasized as a child about being like Jo in Little Women, but it was never meant to be reality.
Now it is my reality. I have written a novel. And as Tom Clancy says, "“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."
So I have succeeded. Yippee. I have been in deep thought about how to publish this book once final revisions are completed. The truth is, my health isn't what I would like it to be and therefore my energy is not as high as I would like. When I think about all the things I will have to do to make this book successful from a sales perspective, I cringe. But never has my writing been about making money. If it was, I would be a complete failure. But I'm not. You see, I know my words touch people. And that is what I must remember as I think about publishing. What is the gentlest way for me to do this process and get my book into the hands of those who need these words.
That brings me inner peace. Just reminding myself of the intention. The decision will flow from there.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
I'm getting ready to get my book published. How, you ask? I want to try traditional publishing, but after reading several posts over the last few weeks, I'm not so sure. First of all, I'm not sure I want to embark on a 1-2 year journey. Secondly, if a book only has a shelf life of 3 months with a traditional publisher, I don't think that's enough time for a book to take hold and sell. I'm still pondering while I complete final revisions.
Am I insecure? You betcha. Am I afraid? Terrified is more like it. What am I afraid of, you ask?
That I won't get any positive responses from agents or small publishers. That I will get positive responses from agents or small publishers. That readers won't like the book. That readers will like the book. That the book won't get any praise. That the book will receive praise. That no one will buy it. That lots of folks will purchase it.
You get the idea. I'm just a plain, simple, neurotic writer.
How about you?
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
|A bedouin dance called Weili Weili - that's me, third from left|
|Our dance space during one of the parties|
|Me and my singing partner, Rosie, playing with our beautiful dresses|
|Me, Holly and Rosie. This party theme was The Search for the Holy Grail. Rosie and I were Ladies Maiden|
|Hubby and I on Grail night|