Okay, this takes me to a subject I've been contemplating for several weeks...as my father always told me, comparisons are odious, and I think this simple statement relates to book promotion as much as anything else. I MUST stop comparing myself to others and find my own way, just as my heroine must find hers. I keep telling myself, take a hint form the themes in your book, but do I listen? NO!
What are the themes? you ask. Well, for one they are feminine. What does that mean? It means that the protagonist is guided through intuition, dreams, and quick moments of insight. Maeve's life is a series of happenstance and serendipity. Her decisions are not rational in the sense that we normally experience them. She follows her heart, listens to her dreams--along the way she tries to figure out what the dreams mean by going to a psychic Tarot card reader, but even that doesn't get her very far.
Maeve feels and sees things that are outside our normal sphere of reality. She is a seeker and because of this she can't do things the way others do them. I'm a seeker, I tell myself. So why all this confusion and self-recrimination? Because I doubt, and doubt silences our own intuition, and shuts up the little voices that guide us. To some people talking about little voices brings up ideas of schizophrenia. Do you really hear voices? they ask. Because if so I highly recommend drugs. Well, our entire country has been drugged to the point where we've become a herd of sheep going along with an insane political system without a word. But that's an entire other blog.
I wonder about the planetary shifts, the transit of Venus. Are these huge astrological events causing old shit to bubble up in my consciousness? It certainly feels like it. Emily Trinkaus http://revivingvenus.com/, says that the patriarchy is over:
The false separation between body and spirit that is the foundational lie of the patriarchy is exposed, and a new perception — the light-infused body, spirit-infused Earth — awakens in the mind of the collective.
The hyper-yang, more-bigger-faster, invade-and-dominate paradigm has played itself out. On an energetic level, the patriarchy is over. To make the transition into a new paradigm of wholeness, our work is to reconfigure, rebalance and reintegrate masculine and feminine energies.
So, maybe the crazy crap that is going on in this summer's campaigns is just the last gasp of something that is on the way out... one can only hope. Or maybe this shift is on such a different plane that it isn't visible to us on a conscious level. In any event, the amount of money being spent for re-election could feed the hungry around the world for years! But again--the subject for another blog.
And so I continue to struggle to find another way, trying to ignore what other Indie authors are saying about their success. As Richard Bunning, www.goodreads.com/author/show/4201020.Richard_Bunning, a fellow Indie author says, "Focus on the enjoyment the few get from your work, rather than worry about all those who don't benefit from it."
For more on Maeve and her path look for "Saille, the Willow", Book II of Wolfmoon series and coming soon to a bookstore near you! (yes, shameless)