Time flies when you are having fun.
I can’t tell you how many times I have thought to myself that I really must write a blog post. And then the day fills with other pressing things and the blog remains untouched – left hanging on the internet to fend for itself.
It’s not that I have been slovenly and am sitting on the couch eating bonbons – not that there is anything wrong with that. My lack of blog posts stems from two things. The first was from backlash that I received from my last post (now since deleted) at the time of the election of Donald Trump.
At the time of writing the post, I could not believe that people could be hypnotized into believing his targeted rhetoric without applying an ounce of critical thinking to what they were being fed. In the months that followed, I witnessed the anger and hate that oozed from the blistering cysts that lay hidden under the guise of civility all these years. Perhaps it was I who was duped into thinking that we were making progress.
But no. History has shown us that there are those among us who thrive on creating division and rallying mobs fuelled by emotions not by logic. These individuals gain power and money on the backs of the group that they oppress and eventually lead the country into civil unrest.
The second thing that put a damper on my blog writing had nothing to do with politics but our decision to sell our sailboat. How could I be “HolisticSailor” without a boat? So two years after those initial discussions to sell our boat, we are finally taking steps to do so. It has been a long goodbye. You will hear more about this in posts to come – I promise!
So what the heck have I been doing? Well, I have completed two more NaNoWriMos and have three books to show for my effort – all unpublished. You may be sensing a pattern here.
I have actually completed the first draft of one book and have started editing it while the other two are very close to completion. NaNoWriMo has been such a gift to me and the writers that I have met through this process have been overwhelmingly generous with their support, words of encouragement and writing tips. Their voices are now louder in my ear than the voices of self doubt and of those who told me that I was not a writer if I was not paid for my words.
Speaking of voices in my ears , I am taking lessons in voice acting because I want to make audiobooks of my books. I also want to create some guided meditations for adults and children. Stay tuned!
I have been doing some travelling in France and Italy and even took Italian lessons so I could order a sandwich without bull testicles. True story. Oh, I have so much to tell you!