Sunday, February 28, 2010

Blog Update

You'll note, down the right side of the page, all the archives are updated and available again. There were some odd bugs and really odd comments but all that's been edited out and taken care off. So, for those who are looking for past posts, you'll find them here.

Next, there will be a new format of conversation for subscribers in the form of a monthly newsletter which will be posted each month. If you are on our list, we'll send you a copy starting in April. Thank you for those who continue to come to the site and those who send letters! Everyday, I get a new message. They are all so welcome.

Last and best of all, yes, there is a new memoir and it is titled Bye Bye Blackbird. Think of that old song with Joe Cocker singing the tune and you've got it. "Pack up all my cares and woe, here I go, bye bye Blackbird."

This succinct little book (just 165 pages) has been long in coming and I confess that I consider it to be the truest sequel to Blackbird. Blackbird ends with a child truly lost, even as she is delivered into the custody of a grandfather. The printed sequel of Still Waters attempted to give some satisfying sense of that child, grown into a woman, being found was largely forced in an effort to capitalize on the success of Blackbird. Still Waters is a fine book, one that has some great moments but due to a rushed printing-it is also sloppy with print errors. Additionally, the arc of the story is lost into questions surrounding my adoptive brothers death when I should have been more focused on my own quest for home and what was missing within, that true sense of self. Unsatisfied is how I, as the writer, have always felt about Still Waters. This unsatisfying feeling ultimately worked to my advantage because it drove me to continue along the path-albeit a blind, dark path-until I achieved a true state of lasting satisfaction.

Over these last five years, I have acheived the "found" state of being via a journey that took me deep into the heart of Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice and then into the search and discovery of my birth mother and family. Bye Bye Blackbird is the yummy and satisfying end to the story of being broken.

So where is it, you may ask? (And based on the letters you send, you are asking!!)

At this time, my literary agent works miracles trying to sell Bye Bye Blackbird to a publisher in NY in order to go the most mainstream route. If we find a good partner to take up the reins of the project, good enough. If such a partner cannot be found, other paths and opportunities are available. No matter, a strong faith burns within and I know Bye Bye Blackbird will be out and available in due time.

Who knows what is possible? It is a new day in publishing and there are many channels to reach out to you, the reader. Please keep tuned to the site for developments.

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