Six years ago I published a weekly journal titled: The Journal of the Wandering Taoist. It was quite popular and brought me a year of the most creative and consistent writing I have ever done. The Journal was sent to subscribers once a week and contained daily reflections from the Tao Te Ching; essays, book reviews, poetry, resource recommendations, and even a serialized edition, chapter by chapter, of my first novel, Tales of the Happy Frog.
It seems as if an entire lifetime has elapsed in the past six years. My culture has accelerated its headlong plunge into chaos, social media has led to a divisive dumbing-down of our lives, and a sense of either hopeless rage or hopeless inertia has settled onto our psyches. I have personally felt the entire range of these energies. The time has come for me to reemerge into a more consistent and creative involvement with life.
Nancy and I have moved toward a somewhat radical simplicity. We live in a motor home parked by a tiny cabin giving us about 700 square feet of living space – more than enough for two people. We take care of about 3 acres of property – partly forest, partly field. This transition, which took about two years to make, was difficult in many ways, freeing and joyful in many others. Now we are ready to begin 2020 with a deeper commitment to freedom, simplicity, joy, and Earth-centered living. We are elders and must begin giving the gifts that only elders can give.
On my part, I am going to return to the work of a weekly journal. It will be titled, as before, The Journal of the Wandering Taoist and will contain my reflections, poetry, meditations on the Tao Te Ching, and… finally a serialized edition of my newest novel, Carson Beach!
It will be published weekly beginning the first week of January, 2020. The first edition will be available free of charge and is available here: Issue One Subscriptions will be $10 per month and are available through the Paetron Website, which now manages my patrons and subscribers. (Those of you who are already patrons will receive the Journal automatically with no further action needed on your part.)
To subscribe to the Journal of the Wandering Taoist, go to this Patreon website. (https://www.patreon.com/williammartin) This site is a wonderful resource for writers, artists, and other creative workers. It enables you to give the $10 or more each month, and also allows you to stop anytime you wish. If you don’t want to use the Patreon site, you can send a check, made out to me, for a 6 month subscription ($60) to 5404 N. Old Stage Road, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067.
Nancy will be doing her work through her own writing and through individual spiritual direction. She is writing a book on the subject of “Earth-centered Living After 60” which will be out in the first part of 2020. Her work with individuals will focus on approaching the “Unseen World” through meditation, drumming, dance, chant, nature, and other practices that enable a deeper understanding of, and experience of, the spiritual world that surrounds us each moment. Nancy’s work can be viewed at: https://earthcenteredlivingafter60.com/ To learn more about her individual work, click the link to “Spiritual Direction”.
I will also continue to publish my blog here on Freedom, Simplicity, and Joy, where I will share updates on my continuing journey.
Nancy and I wish for all of our friends a transformative year in 2020. Amidst the divisive chaos of our culture we believe something entirely new is being formed. It may take decades, even centuries, to come to fruition, but we are each a part of the process. Dive in and enjoy the ride.
Read the first issue here: Issue One