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Chasing confidence (while trying to publish a book)...

"Such nice weather we've been having!"
"The subway was suuuuper slow this morning..."
Small talk, tall talk, all talk, Filling awkward silences is my forte. I just got back from my third  silent retreat. Three days with no talking, walks in the forest, sitting by the lake, reading, eating and sleeping. Heaven. Beyond just taking a break from my incessant need to babble, I also crave the silence in order to connect with my own voice, that normally gets lost in the melee of life noise. Connecting with that voice and not the voice of society/friends/media, gives me a small measure of confidence of my place in the world and what I can/want to accomplish.
Impostor Syndrome is a beastI've entered into a period of time marked by intensive impostor syndrome, so confidence is at a bit of a low. Anxiety rushes in.That elvish voice that sits in the back of your brain and taunts you, "They will figure you out you dingbat!" I've just started to let the book I…

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