Yes, this Fall I was political, Facebooking and Tweeting my opinions hither and yon and I am pretty damn sure that I pissed a few you people off with my outspoken ways. For those angry with me all I can say is, ‘Tough noogies, folks, our country was built on free speech and the trading of opinions.’ A little bald and brash, but that’s how we Americans roll, dudes.
Now that Mr. O is back in office, the Tea Party is having a collective meltdown, Boehner and McConnell are slitting their wrists, non-white voters are standing proud, the LGBT community is doing the happy dance, women can be safe in the knowledge we aren’t heading back to the 1950’s, and Fox News is still denying reality, it’s time to get back to what’s really important, what really matters to the majority of our fellow Americans. Yes, that one burning question you all are asking…..”What are you doing now, Mark.”
Good question. Glad you asked.
I am writing, still. Have a manuscript which I think holds promise called I, Monster which is making the rounds at various literary agencies and I am on the first pages of a historical fantasy called The Sword of Alexander. Hopefully it won’t suck. Wouldn’t be the first work I tossed in the rubbish bin this year if it does suck. I have failed more than I succeeded, but I think that’s the curse of anyone trying to fulfill their dreams: you have to failure is always a possibility. And you can’t be afraid to fail because if you are, the game’s over before it’s begun. You have to develop a thick skin, thick enough to stop a .22 automatic and a few callouses on your soul are not a bad thing, it’s all part of the experience of being an artist.
Yeah, I called myself an artist. Now that I’ve had 3 books published (please, feel free to purchase them) and I am contracted for 3 more (yay me!), I realize that my art is slowly morphing into a business. Not a great business, but a business, nonetheless. Weird.
My advice to all you would-be writers who haven’t finished a book yet is: Don’t be afraid to screw up. Keep at it and don’t let anyone tell you that you suck….believe me, you’ll be telling yourself that plenty of times, you don’t need anyone else tossing in their two cents.
Now, I want to give a quick shout-out to a guy named Steve Montano. He’s the author of the Blood Skies series. These are big, bold books…think steampunk on steroids whilst huffing spray paint. The metaphors hit with the precision of a scalpel and the imagery evokes equal parts blood, brutality and beauty. If Tolkien’s Middle Earth had a drug addled, ADHD, manic and slightly schizophrenic little brother, the world of Blood Skies would be it. Montano is the type of writer most us fantasy type authors want to be…bold, brash and fearless with a dash of insanity for that spicy tang. Check them out, they aren’t expensive at all. You’ll thank me.
I’m Mark Everett Stone and I approve this message.