News and Announcements
- Call for Beta Readers New Years 2019
- Celebration Announcement Coming Soon.
- Projected 2nd draft completion in Winter of 2018.
- Beta Reader review complete on first draft.
- First edit of Supplicant finished as of October 2016.
I was tearing myself apart. I felt burnt out, and stressed beyond the point of having the ability to derive enjoyment from anything. I didn't give myself time to breathe. I exhausted all my mental fortitude and drained myself of emotion. I did this to myself because I believed that if I stopped I would fall over and I would never achieve my goals. And so, I forced myself onward, always in crisis mode, always one more mountain to climb.
I had to slow down. I had been in a marathon where I had kept running even though I crossed the finish line many times over. If that's not insane, I don't know what is, but that has been me for over a year now. I am accustomed to pushing myself to the limit at all times, but I am getting older now, and myocardial infarction is a thing at my age. Funny. My body didn't get the memo that I'm supposed to live forever.
Well, I came to a stop when I began having palpitations. It was then that I forced myself to look back to see how I had arrived here. What I realized was that I had conquered more mountains than I gave myself credit for, and if I had not stopped, I would've fallen off the precipice of the one I was on. I took a deep breath and allowed myself to celebrate my victories.
Everyone reading this post, I implore you to stop and recognize how far you've actually come in life. Take out a pen and paper. List your accomplishments. I guarantee they are more than you realize. Don't be humble. Own your successes, no matter how small you think they are. If you had a goal that you reached , or surpassed, allow yourself to celebrate it. Once you've written it, keep it with you. When you feel like you've lost focus, take it out and read it. The self-affirmation will center and calm you. Trust me, it will.
Every goal we make is a mountain top we climb. We might slip or backslide, but if we are serious about success, we keep climbing. Not defeated like Sisyphus, but triumphant like the Mountain King. Each summit we reach should be reflected upon and celebrated. Being ungrateful to self can have disastrous repercussions.
Most people who set out to write a novel never complete it. Many never get halfway. Some study their craft like its their major. Fewer have rewritten their novel two-and-a-half times, and taken it to second draft. And, only a handful might have done that while learning a new career in medical coding with a leg injury. That's now where I am at with Supplicant. I had to breathe that in and really take in what all I have accomplished.
In the spirit of celebration, I want to announce that I will be officially accepting beta readers for Supplicant. I am on track to have the second draft completed before the end of the year, ahead of schedule. If you are interested in beta reading, or have questions about the process, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If email feels too archaic, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @royldaman. There are only ten slots available and I will be making a separate post about what beta reading entails within the next week, for those who are curious.
I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and the holidays to come. Until next time, enjoy your summit.