I'm diving back into an old story.
It began many years ago. I was walking with a deep prayer to play my part in the world we are living in, to know how to meet the times. I thought I heard a whale sing. (I was in the woods.) And on that night, I started writing. And I wrote, and wrote, and wrote the first 14 chapters of what would become, The Whale Dreamer.
It's many years, and many drafts later. And I am about to start editing again. I was kavetching with a friend who is helping me make some big changed to the book about how hard it is to get back into a story you have worked on for many years --- when you know you have to tear a part the world you created. Matthew likened it to that moment when you are really committed to making a relationship work, even when it isn't working and everything sucks. Because you love the person that much.
I believe in The Whale Dreamer that much. That this story has the capacity to be a force of healing as it celebrates the life and beauty in the world, while facing the tragedy of our times head on.
Over the course of the next two months I’ll be mercilessly slashing and burning, removing well over 100 pages, writing in new scenes, making considerable plot changes, and changing the rules of the magical world.
And I want to invite you join me on the journey of bringing this story to fruition.
There are 2 ways you can participate with The Whale Dreamer as it comes into fruition:
1) Join the Dream Team and read a random chapter here or there: As I do major rewrites, I’m looking for a small clan of test readers that would be open to reading a chapter on occasion over the course of the next 8 weeks. The request is that your respond within 48-72 hours.
2) Become a hunter & gatherer of information: There is often a ton of research that needs to be done along side this book as it weaves in real information about animals that are going extinct. If it would tickle your fancy to join a team of on-call information hunter and gathers (aka researchers)… do tell. On occasion I’ll send you an email with a request for information. This is perhaps one of the most generous ways you can support this process. As you might imagine, staying offline is imperative to completing a book, so the more research help I have the more focused the writing can be!
If this thrills and delights you ~ drop me a line about how you want to join The Whale Dreamer pod!
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with a love and dedication to the oceans, and all of the creatures that live within them, and all of the creatures that love them,