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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

never thought I'd be a video character

Ha. Me and my fellow "Mario" dancers from Marshall Performing Arts dance recital Saturday night


Can you spot me?
Blessings,
Karen

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Insecure Writer's Support Group - May

Yes. Here we are for a gathering of our monthly opportunity to share our angst, our joy, our difficulties in our writing journeys, thanks to Alex at http://www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com, who created this amazing group. Please visit Alex for all the scoop on how to participate.







How am I doing this month? It's a mixed bag. My anthology, "Still Me...After All These Years" was launched with great fanfare. I made a humongous decision to donate all the proceeds from the book to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. If you're interested, here's more info: https://fundraise.michaeljfox.org/karenhelenewalker

I'm happy about completing what I feel was an important project. I'm happy to feel as if I'm doing something to help find a cure for a disease that has impacted my family in a big way. I'm happy all the authors who contributed to the anthology seem satisfied with the end result. I'm still in the midst of promoting the book at senior centers and retirement communities. I have two more events this month and several more scattered over the summer.

What makes my feelings mixed is that I'm not writing anything new. There's a memoir that seems to want to come out, but I can't seem to make myself do it. I'm not sure if I just need more time to recover from the anthology or that I'm pretty much done writing, other than my blog and for my own purposes. Writing has always helped me make sense out of my life, but my life is going pretty well right now. Maybe I don't "need" to write in the same way I used to. I'm just not sure.

Anyway, that's where I'm at right at this particular moment.
How about you?
Blessings
Karen

Friday, April 21, 2017

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research - how to help

Yippee - it's official. I have created a Team Fox fundraising page as part of the "Still Me...After All These Years" project - ALL PROCEEDS FROM SALES of the anthology will be donated to MJFF. You don't have to purchase the book to donate, however. Here's the link to help.
https://fundraise.michaeljfox.org/karenhelenewalker
Blessings to you all
Karen

Saturday, April 8, 2017

launch celebration Friday night

That morning I'd made a decision to donate all proceeds from the sale of "Still Me...After All These Years" to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

celebration cake at launch party

From left to right: Karen N., Rosie H., me, Maureen P. Jill P, Maryfrank S, Kathleen M., Mark David G, and Wendy B. 9 of the 12 local authors in the anthology

The 50 people who attended were very generous. I sold all the books I'd brought. People didn't even want change, because the money was going to such a good cause. Best decision I ever made.

Blessings
Karen

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

ISWG - April

It's that time of month again. Please visit Alex at http://www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com for details about the group and how to join.

Whew! What a month or so this has been. Anthology done. Blog book tour Done. Several events set up for the next few months at senior centers and retirement communities and one at a local bookstore.  I have had no time or energy for anything but promoting the anthology and my Sugartime activities. Am I insecure? Nope. Perhaps that's part of the whole aging thing. The more time goes on, the less I worry about outcome. I'm much more aware of what I can and can't control. And I certainly can't control whether someone will like the anthology or not. As a matter of fact, a funny thing happened. A close friend was reading it and told me she thought one of the essays wasn't as well written as the others. A few days later another good friend told me she thought a particular essay was extremely well written and the subject matter really spoke to her. Guess what? They were talking about the same essay.  Valuable lesson there - our differences. All we need to learn is not judge the differences. Just accept them and try to find a middle ground somewhere.

How about you?

Blessings
Karen

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

New edition of first book

When I knew the anthology, "Still Me After All These Years" was going to be published, I began thinking about my other books. My first, a memoir called "Following the Whispers,"has been out of print for awhile and was only available as an ebook. I wasn't sure what to do about it.

One day, while browsing blogs, L. Diane Wolfe http://circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com, posted about design and formatting services she and her husband provide. I contacted her about re-formatting my memoir so I could make it available on Amazon and other outlets in both print and e-book formats.

Working with Diane and her husband was terrific. They are talented, thoughtful, dedicated, and extremely responsive. My memoir was re-done in a matter of days at a very reasonable cost, I might add. Diane designed the interior and Craig handled the cover. I am thrilled with the result.

Here's what the book looks like now and the links to find it, should anyone care to check it out.
Thank you Diane and Craig, for helping make what for me was a very challenging project, relatively painless and extremely satisfying.

Blessings
Karen

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Following-Whispers-creating-depths-despair-ebook/dp/B007AGAN4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490968112&sr=8-1&keywords=Following+the+Whispers

Smashwords:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/68305




Monday, April 3, 2017

Piper Morgan is Back!!!

Piper Morgan Makes a Splash
By Stephanie Faris


Piper Morgan tries her hand at acting in the fourth book of the charming Piper Morgan series.

Piper’s mom is helping out at a local pool shop, and the owner wants to shoot a commercial for his store. Piper thinks it’s the PERFECT opportunity to get in front of the camera and experience a little bit of showbiz. But will Piper’s contribution to the TV commercial make a splash—or will it go belly-up?

Bio:

Stephanie Faris is the author of the middle grade books 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, as well as the Piper Morgan chapter book series. An accomplished freelance writer, her work has appeared in Writer's Digest, The Writer, Pacific Standard, Mental Floss, and The Week, among many others.

Links:

Giveaway Code: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/YmE3MjA1ZmE3NmM3MjJlOTUyMzIyZjViYzk5OWQ3Ojg=/?

Stephanie Faris, Author
BEST.NIGHT.EVER (Simon & Schuster--Coming in August!)
PIPER MORGAN SERIES (Simon & Schuster)