Posts Tagged ‘writer’

Happy trails to you. Until we meet again.

March 29, 2012

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When I worked as a seasonal park ranger and, literally, bushwhacked my way through thick North Carolina woods, I learned that trails:

  • are created with choice + sweat;
  • curve — (at least the interesting ones do); and
  • end by opening to a new direction.

Well, that’s what’s happening here and now.  Choosing.  Sweating.  Curving.  Ending.  Opening.

Join me at where I’m opening to my new direction, which is a single-focused certainty that empathy will shift + lift culture to something that actually resembles sanity.

Who do you want in your life?

October 4, 2009

“People All Over the World,” by Debora Laura Campobasso

* Post 9 in a 30-day experiment
focused on magnetizing essence! *

Besides health, what’s the one thing that will always trump money and material goods?


We don’t get to choose them all, but we do get to choose some.  The question is how do you make those choices?  How do you decide who will fill your life? 

Just like I’ve learned how important it is to figure out the essence behind the things I desire, this book is now challenging me to figure out the essence behind the relationships I want to magnetize.  I have done this kind of thought-creation before (effectively!), in the context of a life-partner, for the experience of loving companionship.  And for friends big and pliable enough to let me be my zany self without cringing or judging too much (love y’all!).

But I’ve never done this essence-ing thing in an economically strategic context.  This is new to me and, honestly, feels a little scary.  (You have no idea how much I’ve procrastinated finishing this post, which indicates to me there are probably some extraordinary results awaiting.)  Alright, let’s dive in.  At this point in my professional life, I want to magnetize:

1.  My Literary Agent, My Publisher and Booksellers
     (Those Who Help Me Serve)

Many people have encouraged me to self-publish because they say the self-published author gets “more money and more control.”  They also say the internet’s impact on digital publishing has made direct selling of e-books not only profitable, but “easy.”

Hmmm, is that so?

Four months ago, I published my first ebook, You’ve Got Nerve!  It’s small (50 pages), and specialized (Highly Sensitive People).  I spent so much time and energy working on layout, design, pricing, delivery mechanism, marketing, search engine optimization, traffic-building, etc. it left me exhausted and overwhelmed.  And the worst part is that all that “control” took away my time to do what I love the most:  content creation.  I want to write books, and promote what I write via book tours, interviews and speaking engagements.  Period.  I want to spread myself thick by focusing on what I do best.  And, I believe, an agent and publisher can help me with that delegation.   They have in place much larger forces (editorial, marketing, distribution, etc.) than I can create on my own.  I don’t mind sharing a percentage of profit in exchange for the use of their forces on my behalf.

I also desire these people in my life — an agent, a publisher and beloved booksellers — not only for the preservation of my time and energy, but also because my message is appropriate for the mass market.  What’s inside of me is a paradigm-shifting book that transcends its specialty.  It’s a map that shows how sensitive leadership will transform the world (the shift has already begun, actually).  It is both a summons to, and a declaration for, those new-style leaders… those “meek” ones who are about to inherit the earth!  This vision/project is so much bigger than me, and I need help and support to bring it forth effectively.

Here’s the twist.  I want to use “traditional” publishing methods to create untraditional outcomes.  Of course I seek a successful launch and high-number sales.  But by using every aspect, angle and advantage of media, I also want to co-create a transformative movement that results in viral tenderness.  We’ve worked with spears, guns, bombs… threats, slander and gossip for long enough.  It’s time for the guards to change.  It’s time to make guards unnecessary.  And we can.  We.  Can.

Bottom-line:  I want to partner with an agent and publisher who can implement big ideas, who can appreciate the spirit behind a phrase like “viral tenderness,” and who can value the heart of a person who thinks, writes and speaks that way.  With their assistance, combined with the love and passion that fuels me, I can magnetize…


2.  My Readers and Audience 
     (Those I Exist to Serve)

When I asked myself who I most admire… who I am most energized and inspired by… who I most naturally love and adore… these terms came to mind:

  • Activists
  • Alchemists
  • Artists
  • Contemplatives
  • Creators
  • Dreamers
  • Earth Angels
  • Eccentrics
  • Empaths
  • Explorers
  • Geeks
  • Healers
  • Highly Sensitive People
  • Iconoclasts
  • Idealists
  • Introverts
  • Intuitives
  • Inventors
  • Lightworkers
  • Lovers
  • Mystics
  • Optimists
  • Peacemakers
  • Philanthropists
  • Pioneers
  • Sages
  • Seers
  • Shamans
  • Social Entrepreneurs
  • Thinkers
  • Trailblazers
  • Visionaries 

People who embody these traits make my life more enjoyable, so of course I desire their company, their ideas, their work, their activated presence on Earth.  But because this special group of people is not typically embraced by mainstream society (the way athletes, actors, models, etc. are), they are often discouraged, under-appreciated and self-doubting.  These are the ones I want to applaud, celebrate and activate. 

The world has been crying for this group’s collective gifts (peace, beauty, wisdom, compassion) while simultaneously refusing the very same Milk they just demanded.  It’s because we haven’t clarified our cultural conversations, so things carry-on in a state of confusion and malnourishment.

My book and message will help clarify that conversation.

(((wiping sweat from my brow)))…  Jeesh, that was a lot of work… capturing all those details.  But you know what?  The process feels much more like I am deliberately constructing something rather than passively wishing for it.  What if directing my thoughts like this just put something powerful in motion?  I believe it did.

This post focused on attracting the people relevant to my writing and speaking career, but it is an amazing thing to do for the people in your personal life, too.  So whether you are an entrepreneur (who desires customers/clients) or a splendid person (who desires friends/lovers) I hope you give some thought to the essence of those people you want to attract.  Thinking about their core, ironically, clarifies your own.

P.S.  And, thanks to the wise insight in Peter’s comment below, I’m inspired to add this postscript:  Dear Universe, please accept the specificity of these desires with the humility in which they were written.  I trust Your Ways far above my own.  Help me to hold the vision You have birthed in my heart with fervor, joy and ease.

The Unmistakable Beauty of Deep Life Diving

September 29, 2009

 * Post 8 in a 30-day experiment
focused on magnetizing essence! *

We know more about the moon, than the deepest parts of the ocean.

I think this is just hilarious.  And so revealing of our avoidant nature.  We’d much rather explore “out there,” (extroverted bouncing) than explore “in here” (introverted mindfulness).

The deep sea — and its wild creatures and habitat — has always intrigued me.  Plunge!  Dive!  Submerge!  Down-down-deep-down.  Learn what lives in your darkness.  There’s nothing to fear in your shadows.  As my mentor, Joseph Campbell, said:  “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”

The book I’ve been working from in this experiment has helped me gain tremendous focus and decisiveness about what it is I want in and from life.  And to my delight, it is helping me enter many of the caves I used to fear… and I’m discovering treasure there!

For instance, I always thought I wanted to write for a living.  Now I know I want to write for a life.  Before I got super-clear about this (which is key to powerful magnetism), look at my previous attempts to fulfill that desire to write.  I have worked professionally as a:

  • grant-writer;
  • copywriter;
  • speech writer; and
  • greeting card writer.

I got paid to do these things, but none of these positions came remotely close to the kind of writing my soul yearns to do.  The kind of writing I’m doing now.

Had I been thinking about things like “higher quality,” “deepest need” and “essence,” it would have been immediately obvious to me that I’d find little satisfaction in simply stringing words together for someone else’s outcome.  Not when I have a heart that has so much to say.

What’s the “why” behind your “what“?  Dive…

What do you *really* want?

September 24, 2009

* Post 6 in a 30-day experiment
focused on magnetizing essence! *

Page 21 of the book I’m working from in this experiment asks, “What deeper needs and desires would be satisfied if you had a large sum of money?  What higher qualities or feelings do you think you would have more of?”

My answer:

I am inviting and creating the opportunity to use
the Light of my Mind,
and the Fire of my Heart
to express the blazing ideals I cannot contain.

My deepest need and desire is to communicate
(write and speak) with others in a way that
leaves us both uplifted and transformed.

I create catalytic content that brings people closer
to themselves and the world around them.

There are tons of books about money — how to get it, keep it, invest it, etc. — but the reason I was attracted to Roman’s/Packer’s book is because it presumes the reader seeks growth, aliveness and manifested potential.  For me, that presumption sets this book apart from and above all the others.  It keeps reminding you that there’s something (higher qualities) behind the money you’re wanting.  And if/when you identify those qualities, you have cracked your own code.  You have discovered your most powerful motive.

I’m not interested in a big wad of money.  I’m interested in a big wad of time to simply be able to write!  And I am more free and more rich to have made this important distinction.

A couple weeks ago I sent a query letter to more than 90 literary agents about a book idea (for Sensitives and Empaths) that has been simmering in me.  The “Thanks, but no thanks” rejections started pouring in immediately…  until yesterday, when one said that she thought I was “onto something,” and she requested my proposal — which I’m feverishly excited to complete in the next 14 to 21 days.

And it’s just now occurred to me (duh!) that I’ve made public a self-discovery process that is strengthened by you.  Putting these words, hopes and realizations “out there,” to be witnessed by you, makes them even more real and attainable for me “in here.”  You are the interactive community I want to see and serve.  And I am every bit as interested in hearing what your “deeper needs and desires are”, too!  From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being here.

Here’s something, from page 27 that I’ll be savoring a long time:  “The process of getting there, is the quality of being there.”

And for my fellow hyper-visualists, who travel galactically
by sheer imagination, I shortened it:

“To get there, be there!”

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