Where We’re At

It’s been a while since I last wrote so I just wanted to let you know where we’re at with the new book. It is basically finished. Rough first draft going into a second reading by me and a few other trusted sets of eyes for feedback. Not quite ready for professional editing but getting there.

The process for this is so different from my first book which basically wrote itself. There it was a matter of just listening and taking dictation. While a good bit of listening and taking dictation is true for this book, it is much more of a collaborative effort. With this book, I had no real idea where I was heading and each new development unfolded in quite miraculous ways. At least for me. And it still is.

I began writing near the winter solstice of 2017. It is now June of 2019. I’m hoping to have this published before the end of this year but this next phase is grueling as I have no talent on the publishing side of this venture. Most likely it will be self-published through Amazon’s service again but that has changed dramatically since my first book too. So, it’s a whole new ballgame for me.

Finally…this book is a big step into new territory for me and I’ll admit to being a bit…uncomfortable…claiming this new space. But you know? I think that is the way of the world right now. All of us, in one way or another, are being challenged to embrace the discomfort of transformation. To dare to push the boundaries of what we perceive as “reality.” Because in the words of a wise tunesmith, “The real world is really unreal.”

Game on. I’ll drop another note along with way letting you know where I’m at in this midwifing of my new book. Thanks for being there.

Divine Dissatisfaction

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Listening to my inner guidance while writing my latest book has led me down some surprising avenues. At times, I question my ability to fulfill its edicts. It has me pushing through a lot of self-doubt. Not long ago I came across this conversation between two of the greatest choreographers of the twentieth century: Martha Graham, a pioneer of modern dance and Agnes De Mille, whose choreography for musicals like “Oklahoma” revolutionized musical comedy theatre. Agnes was confused because work she did that she felt was very good was relatively ignored while other works of hers she felt were just okay received acclaim. The following is Martha Graham’s advice to her. I have a copy of it taped to the wall before my computer so I can remind myself what this is all about. I hope you also will find value in it…because we are all Agnes.

A Letter to Agnes DeMille : Martha Graham

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening
that is translated through you into action,
and because there is only one of you in all time,
this expression is unique.

 If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium
and be lost. The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is;
nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expressions.
It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly,
to keep the channel open.

You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.
You have to keep open and aware directly
of the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.
No artist is pleased.

There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction;
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes us more alive than the others.