I just wanted to create a post to welcome my newer visitors to this site, and say thank you to my fans from over the year and a half that this site has been up. Just an update on what I’ve done and what you can expect from me.
Since launching this site in July 2012 I have written:
– Three published e-books with Amazon Kindle, each over 30 pages
– Two original short stories in the “Dragon Ash” series, each over 40 pages
– Four original stand alone short stories and premises
– Three back-story pieces for the main characters of the “Three Kings of Ybor” saga.
– My first poem
– Four drama sketches from my days in acting class
– Over a dozen philosophical narratives…some more embarrassing than others
– Characters from four different stories
– Eighty page treatment for second novel in the “Three Kings of Ybor” saga.
I’ve used twitter and facebook as a means to promote my work, as well as paying for press releases to push my e-books out there. On Sept 27th 2013, I attended a party at a brewery for radio personalities to interact and network myself, handing out business cards and showing my face for all to see.
When handing out my business cards, people usually ask what can I do for them. That question really does perplex me because in all honesty… ignoring what it technically is, it’s difficult to see my writing as a “business”. Yes, I want to make money from my talent, and yes I want to be known worldwide for it…but there’s a deeper reason as to why I want those things. It’s not the only reasons why I write.
It reminds me of Alan Watts’ question: “What if Money was no object?” What would you do if you had all of the money you could ever need? What then?
My dad and I got into it about two years ago where he chastised me for thinking myself better than others who call themselves writers without devoting themselves to the craft. I really do think that I’m better than people who call themselves writers when they only really write as a hobby. I’m not afraid to admit that and anyone who has a problem with it…sorry?
Don’t get me wrong…if you like writing. Do that! I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met in real life who I’ve tried to encourage and support their endeavor in the field that I love… but so many lack the ambition and confidence. They’re reluctant to set aside the time to hone improve on their skills and just sit down and write. I don’t slight them. At the same time, I don’t consider them to be of my caliber…that’s all, really.
A friend of mine pointed it out to me long ago, and I agree with his theory. I write to escape the world that I’m in. It’s why I started writing when I was a pre-teen…its why I wrote during my college days instead of going out to clubs and partying. There’s something about embarking on a new journey every time I start a new story or add a new chapter that really fulfills me.
Haha! I’m sure as I get older, I’ll find better words to articulate what I truly mean than that corny reason I just gave you. But for now, it’ll just have to do.
So keep rooting for me! Until the day I die, I won’t stop improving or creating. Until the day I die, I’ll continue to strive in owning the Stage in the Sky.