Monday, November 15, 2010

Winter Writer Blues and Streisand on Oprah

The latest person to view my novel ( a publicist I met by phone, serendipitously) gave it thumbs up. Granted, I heard this second hand through her cousin, my unofficial agent, my novel's champion! (No actual agent, yet.) So should I follow his advice to self publish? Should I make an e-book?

I am confused, tired, bemused, annoyed, perhaps depressed. I have an urge to burn all my old diaries.

In other, better news, Oprah pays tribute to the great Barbra Streisand today. In a previous Oprah interview, Streisand revealed she forgot the words once and did not perform publicly again for twenty-seven years . I was shocked, and oddly comforted. Maybe there is yet hope for my twelve year old unfinished first novel. And the fifty-odd old songs of mine hiding in a folder. And the current, four years in process, novel? Maybe in time these hidden talents will see the light of day.

I keep thinking too much time has passed. During those twenty-seven years I wonder if Streisand obsessed over not performing like I obsess over not publishing.

Eventually though, she stood on a stage again and let her voice rise up.

How do we find the courage, the heart, to keep putting our voices out there?

12 comments:

Angel-Star said...

Can't wait to see the tribute. Love bios of great performers...they inspire me.

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Old Kitty said...

Oh I do hope you take those songs out of that folder, publish that book, get that other book out and take inspiration from the lovely and ever so fabulous Ms Streisand!!! She's just a wonderful icon and a true talent! She overcame and let her talents shine!!

Take care
x

Anthony Duce said...

Like the format… As for the rest, I’m not sure waiting twenty seven years is the best advice. It was probably easier for her, where she was in her career. Get what is finished now out there in front of the potential audience. Then if you take your time for the rest, you’ll know when you’re ready, because of previous success. The audience will be waiting….

roseyone said...

oh my....you are so talented and express things in such a soft and beautiful way....i agree with the comment from anthony duce and kitty......you will shine when the world gets to read your treasures.....go for it my dear friend...lv you...m

roseyone said...

oh my you are so talented and put words in such a soft beautiful way...i agree with th comment from anthony and kitty....you will shine when the world gets to read all of your treasures...love you dearly my friend..m

roseyone said...

thought i lost the first comment....lol...m

Angel-Star said...

thank you kitty, anthony and 3x rosey!
the Streisand tribute was so inspiring...i could not stop smiling...my soul was refreshed

Ruby said...

I agree with Anthony. Take a deep breath, close your eyes and visualize yourself publishing. Believe and follow your vision.
Can't wait to read your works in the very near future!

Angel-Star said...

Thank you, Ruby!

Ralph said...

I agree one hundred with Ruby go for it. Thank you so much for your continuing support in this difficult period in my life. This blog and your other makes me feel that life is good.

Angel-Star said...

One of the reasons life is good is because there is a man named Ralph in Scotland...