If a tree falls in the woods…

is anyone reading this blog? I sometimes get the feeling that I’m all alone out here. Although I’m sure that there are others who feel the same way, it unnerves me somehow. I’m at that point in the writing process where I’m wondering what it all means. I’m in the middle of writing the third installment of the Rona Shively series and I’m working doggedly to promote the first two books as well as that little-known Amazon Short I wrote a few months back. Every other day or so, I write a little and then start to think, “Is anyone going to want to read this?” Self-doubt is not the author’s best friend, although she is a constant companion. At least for me.

I’m also attempting to write a non-fiction book on Women’s Self-Esteem issues. This project has been brewing for some time now, but only recently was I able to start getting together some real data. A subject that is close to my heart, self-esteem is something I’ve always wanted to write about. I’ve tried to give my Rona Shively character a degree of self-esteem that helps her to cope with some of the crap she has to deal with and in doing so, I hope that has made her seem more like someone that readers feel close to. After all, we all have struggles and how we deal with them has a great deal to do with how much self-esteem we have. Rona is alot like me. Although I have some issues, I still try to be confident and to bolster myself with the knowledge that I have done a few good things and that I shouldn’t feel badly about myself.

The non-fiction book will be based on a collection of ideas gathered from survey participants. So far, the information I’m getting is great! I’m excited about the insights being provided by the participants. I think this is going to be a wonderful project once it is completed. I’ll go ahead and say it here, I’m still looking for more women who would be willing to participate in this study. It wouldn’t hurt to have at least ten more. If you’re interested, please e-mail me. If you need more information about the project, I’ve been working on a networking website for this one. You can find it at http://www.2higherground.ning.com. Even if you don’t want to be one of the study participants, you can always join the NING group. I’m hoping we can share lots of advice and support at the site.

That’s what’s cooking today. Until next time…

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