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The Journey Out and In

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SHASTA: CRITICAL MASS, soon to be released through All Things That Matter Press, a Maine publisher

I’ve always been one to push it: the over-achiever in me likes to be in control. But sometimes it just doesn’t work.

We all know when the Muse is directing operations, it’s better if we just go along with her, with the tide, and allow her full rein. It’s important to give her loads of room to stir up the subconscious, and then wait and see what little miracles she has planned for us.

At other times, when the outer world directs—like editors, publishers, book-signings; that whole exciting round of putting oneself out there—it sometimes takes us by storm and we need to follow that flow, too.

But our Muse doesn’t like it; does she? Even when we tell her she needs to rest occasionally. Like her human charges, all work and no play… you know.

I wish it were as easy as it sounds: deciding when to write, and when not to. But, especially in the writing-publishing world, it’s never that simple. We writers aren’t totally in charge.

To be honest, we probably never were. We may think—especially during edit-mania—that the left hemisphere of our brain is running the show. But, even then, the direction is more likely to be coming from the reading public, what our publisher expects, what the market wants; what subjects are current darlings of the book-club circuit.

So, because I have been working flat-out—over the last month, at least—to try to get through final edits on my apocalyptic/end-times New Age novel, SHASTA: CRITICAL MASS, forthcoming from lovely Maine publisher, All Things That Matter Press, I have to say upfront I have probably let down my blogging/authorly friends in Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group. I know how good it feels to hear a word of encouragement from others in the same position—writers and bloggers and authors beginning to make a name for themselves out there—so I apologize if I haven’t had a chance to make the usual rounds of IWSG authors’ pages in the last few weeks. I promise I’ll try to make up for it, when the current push subsides.

Maine publisher of spiritual, self-help, authorly fiction and non-fiction for new ‘voices’

On the other hand, there may be quite a few IWSG-ers whose work is ideally suited to the ATTM ethos, so I’ll explain. They are a small press who like to introduce to the world of readers those authors who have a message—predominantly spiritual—to relay, a distinctive “self”, which they’d like to share. In these times where the ‘Big Five’ often have little patience with first-time authors or new discoveries, their approach is refreshing. Run by husband-and-wife team, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Phil and Deb Harris, the system operates smoothly, and the cogs are well-oiled and kept rolling by a team of editors, including the superb Marvin Wilson, himself a blogger and author of several books, including the Avatar-Award-winning novel, Owen Fiddler (2009). I couldn’t be in better hands.

For IWSG-ers, it may be of interest to point out that Marvin is also a mentor who delights in assisting writers, bloggers, other authors in the art of good writing.

That said, my Muse is feeling a little restless. She doesn’t like taking a back seat. Edits and reworked points-of-view (POV) are not what she thrives on. But I have told her that she, like me, should take a break from time to time. We all need to make the Journey Out and In. Besides, I’ve had a couple of chapter rewrites where she seemed delighted to pitch in again and throw her weight around!

And, if all goes well, she will be allowed to stretch her wings fully once more next month, when the annual NaNoWriMo marathon starts up again for all of us fledgelings to soar, unencumbered, to dizzy heights.

Until then, I hope she will a-Muse herself—sorry :(—and I have reminded her that we have even greater (Muse-ical) avatars who paced this path before us:

Gazing past the Planets
Looking for total view
I’ve been lying here for hours
Got to make the Journey Out and In

Thank you ©Moody Blues.
And thank you, Alex.
©2012 Marian Youngblood

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October 3, 2012 - Posted by | authors, blogging, fiction, Muse, novel, publishing | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Sounds like the tedious time of the writing process, but you’re getting closer and that’s good.

    Comment by Arlee Bird | October 3, 2012 | Reply

  2. Hey, that’s great the book will be out soon! Send me an email when it happens so I can mention it on my blog. And I know Marvin Wilson – great guy.

    Comment by Alex J. Cavanaugh | October 3, 2012 | Reply

  3. Lee: Thank you for your visit and insight; and yes, the back stretch feels the most encouraging —next to the actual finish line, of course 🙂
    Alex: how kind of you. I’ll be sure to let you know. Two things you said amazed me: 1] that you and Marvin know each other and
    2] that you [?]think the third in your trilogy is your last??? I don’t think you’ll be allowed to wander off into obscurity!

    Comment by siderealview | October 3, 2012 | Reply

  4. Hey Marian! Great news on the publishing deal! Does this mean they’ll definitely be using my cover? Please let me know when it will be released, because I’ll be blogging and sharing that for sure! =D

    Comment by jorisammerlaandesign | October 3, 2012 | Reply

    • I am confident they will, Joris, but these things take a while to percolate. They wanted the graphic large, you remember? & without text, so keep fingers crossed. Of course I’ll keep you posted. You have been on my desktop [well, your graphic has] for all these years while I “visualized”!!! Your new blog is awsome btw =D

      Comment by siderealview | October 3, 2012 | Reply

  5. Great post. I’m going to keep that mom & pop publisher in mind. I have at least four book ideas that are scratching to be let out!

    Comment by mary aalgaard | October 6, 2012 | Reply


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