Path to Publication, pt 17: It’s happening! (pt2). Subtitle: ARGH, the Critic!

Good grief. Nine months ago I wrote a post in celebration of the fact that the first draft of the book manuscript was imminent and that layout was finished, meaning in just a few months more the book -- a (mostly) visual biography of a local historian and writer -- would be ready for publication. … Continue reading Path to Publication, pt 17: It’s happening! (pt2). Subtitle: ARGH, the Critic!

Path to Publication, pt 16: It’s happening!

Wow, it's been a looooong time since I last wrote, especially on this publication series. And here's one of the reasons why: I'm about to get published! Quick background: Over 18 months ago I was hired -- as a history buff, writer, and someone with some graphic design skills -- by a historical society to … Continue reading Path to Publication, pt 16: It’s happening!

When writing makes you feel crappy

In a couple of weeks I will be presenting "De-Stress, the Write Way" at my local hospital for the second year. This blog post was written in response to my experience there and was originally posted at tlan.org with the title, "When Writing To Relieve Stress Makes You Anxious." I made a mistake. I recently presented … Continue reading When writing makes you feel crappy

A Path to Publication, pt 13: How self-absorbed are you?!

To bring about a paradigm shift in the culture that will change assumptions and attitudes, a critical number of us have to tell the stories of our personal revelations and transformations. Jean Shinoda Bolen, Crossing to Avalon I haven't posted about my path to publication in a while because, well, last fall the path suddenly … Continue reading A Path to Publication, pt 13: How self-absorbed are you?!

Stop striving. Start listening.

This is a follow-up to this post: On a mission (statement) I've written of Serendipity and Synchronicity before. There have been many examples of it in my life, such as the time two women showed up to one of my workshops out of the blue. It "just happened" that these two women were from the … Continue reading Stop striving. Start listening.

A Path to Publication, pt 10: Kicking open the creaking door

At this past Saturday's conference of the League of Vermont Writers, keynoter David Dobbs encouraged us to kick open every door that creaks. This metaphor has been a repeating one in my life lately and I have been knocking on several. What I didn't expect was for some of these doors to not only creak, … Continue reading A Path to Publication, pt 10: Kicking open the creaking door

A Path to Publication, part 1: It isn’t about publication

You know what scares me? Publishing my book. No, let me rephrase that. You know what DID scare me? Yup, until a week ago, the idea of going through the process of getting my book published gave me chills. It seemed a Mount Everest of Unknowns, with only the guarantee of the frost-bite of Rejection … Continue reading A Path to Publication, part 1: It isn’t about publication

Again with the Tension?! (Or, It’s OK not to know)

It's happened again. An old theme has come circling around, adding another new level of understanding. June 2009: I wrote this post on a different blog, which I then re-posted here in July 2011. This is the gist: During a Journal Therapy training I wrote (well, it kind of wrote itself while I held the … Continue reading Again with the Tension?! (Or, It’s OK not to know)

Tolerating Fear

This is a recycled post from a couple of years ago. With summer in full , hot swing, the kids are home most days of the week leaving me very little chance to write (the beach and my laptop aren't great friends). I am yearning to write but when I do have a moment I … Continue reading Tolerating Fear

Quoting Natalie: Tolerating fear

"First recognize that you're afraid and slowly build your tolerance for fear... ... You may still feel it, but you become willing to bear it as you write. You keep your hand moving, you stay there, you move closer and closer to the edge of what scares you." - Natalie Goldberg, Thunder and Lightning I … Continue reading Quoting Natalie: Tolerating fear