Friday, August 31, 2012

New Directions

I doubt that I could ever stop being a writer, even if I wanted to. Words flow through my veins as freely and naturally as does blood. But today I'm letting go of the direct book-selling that has been integral to my writerly self since 2007 -- by removing direct sales of my books and CD from my website (and, with it, the availability of author-signed copies). Why? To make space and energy for new directions...most significantly, for my new role as director of The Q'ntana Trilogy Movies: The MoonQuest, The StarQuest and The SunQuest.

In practical terms, the demands of the director's job will make it increasingly difficult for me to fulfill individual and personalized website orders. More important, though, is the symbolism of the act: I'm letting go one aspect of my storyteller persona to make room for another, one that's more expanded and that invites in new levels of success and achievement, along with new risks, new fears, new challenges and new opportunities.

Quite possibly, other outmoded pieces of me will also fall away in the months ahead. That's a good thing. I can't add new clothes to the closet of my beingness unless I get rid of some of the old ones. Or, as I put it in Acts of Surrender: A Writer's Memoir...

"In a coaching session with a client, I had likened the stripping-away process she was experiencing to a demolition that removes everything of a building but its skeletal structure. She was finding the process unnerving, and I assured her that new walls, floors, ceilings, fittings and furnishings could only be installed once the old ones had been shed. I found myself in that same place in the days after my birthday..."

I wrote that about an experience I had in 2010. Today, a month before another birthday, I find myself in a similar place. Once again, it's unnerving. This time, though, I welcome the unsettledness, am excited by the certainty of r-evolutionary change and look forward to growing into my expanded self.

In this moment, we project that production on The Q'ntana Trilogy films will begin in 2013, with the first movie, The MoonQuest, slated for a 2014 release. What a ride it's going to be! I hope you'll stay with me on the journey as I chronicle about it here and on Facebook.

In the meantime, if you want a signed copy of The MoonQuest, The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write or both, act now! This is your last chance!

For right now, you can still opt for a copy signed to you (or, as a gift, to a friend) from my website through this direct link: But I will be shutting down my site's online bookstore some time tomorrow morning (Sept. 1), along with the option for signed copies.

Once I make the switch, paperback editions of both books (along with the CD version of The Voice of the Muse Companion: Guided Meditations for Writers) will be sold only on Amazon (with ebooks/MP3 downloads still be available in all the usual places).

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