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Cocoon

Even butterflies had to crawl before they could fly

Ladies & Gentlemen: I am back, although I never really went away. I will explain fully the reasons for my hiatus but at a later date. For now I just want to end the neglect of the website. Things have worked well, others have not. While I try to re-build my life after these past few  tumultuous months, I thank you for staying with me. Especially those people, who helped me through some dastardly times I have had as of late. Its not been fun guys, I have felt broken, sub-human almost at what has transpired against me.

However, it has happened for the best, one door closes – many more open. Although I felt defeated and disgraced to some degree, I am now slowly rebuilding myself. Its been an eye-opener, believe me – I had no idea things would happen the  way they did. But, the way forward now has my concentration and so far I would like to put forward some thoughts and ideas.

I have tried to make this website as interesting and entertaining as possible. It can only be as good as the contents. I admit, its not as interactive as I’d like it to be, teething problems still exist. My administrator hasn’t implemented the changes I had asked for, but no matter, the website is still live.

As for the horizon seekers – it hasn’t been the success as I had envisioned, though – I am not going to abandon it just yet, may be not ever. What I am going to do I add a new feature in the up-coming months, something similar but with different rules. I am also going to update a few current features and see how things go from there.

Once again, my apologies for having been away so long – it hasn’t been an easy time for me. But Thank you for being here regardless, stay tuned.

How you look at the glass

if you are incapable of appreciating something for what it is, then is there something wrong with you or it?

As I’ve stated in a previous post I am trying to create an empire, through sheer determination and quality material. But my question to you is what is quality? how do you define quality? its like that old cliché, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, truly its dependant on the person in question.

Have you ever been to an art gallery to look at fine pieces of Art, you get there and there are all these weird and wonderful paintings. There are obscure models made of marble and clay. Personally I look at these and think, “And what?” cynical I know but to me its just a thing someone’s made. You see I am unable to appreciate something for what it is. In stark contrast there are those people who look at single painting for hours on end. They admire the brush strokes, gaze at the colour and study the styling pattern. Seriously, the amount of activity that ignites in their brains because of the artwork make me wonder sometimes.

Art can take many shapes, I am not a fan of galleries but at the very least recognise their important in society these days. You see the art is a sign of the meta-humanity in us all. I totally made that term up, I know you know, but I also know that you know exactly what I mean. You don’t have to believe in a soul in order for it to be there and we express our souls through our art. Yes my friends, this is the philosophy of art and I defy anyone to raise argument with me on this.

But lets go back to the original question and what I am intending to do. I am trying to build an empire, yes. I am in need to people’s attention, yes. My art can be appreciated by anyone and everyone, no. Why do I say this? well you know how when you are internet shopping and you see reviews? Those reviews will either persuade to or sway you from the purchase, so in essence its like someone is vouching for the product. Even if you have 10 great reviews it takes a single bad review/experience for someone to think, “10 good, 1 bad – not good enough”, its like betting odds. and that is what has happened to me.

I have many people who can vouch for me, believe it or not in any field and any situation in life its not what you know, its who you know. I decided to take my art to another level, the world wide web level and for a while I was getting pretty good feedback, THEN, it happened. This person slanders my work, I worked hard on my novel for 2 long painstaking years and this person comes a long and shoots me down. Now I can take this as constructive criticism or I can be broken hearted or something completely different.

However I am going to retort the bad review I got on Amazon.co.uk with a few questions.

What kind of a fool reads a little bit of the beginning, goes to the end to find out how it finishes and declares the book pointless?

What kind of mentally deficient invalid downloads a horror novel for free and then slanders it for being what it is?

Is it my fault that this person doesn’t appreciate the writing style?

If the person didn’t bother read the book properly how can they in their right mind, which clearly isn’t right at all, say its been done before?

What utter conjecture and drivel from this reviewer who is totally a leech on the world of literature. I genuinely hope no one else suffers from their bile. I feel a lot better now having had this rant. I am a genuine story teller and I have many more stories in me to tell, I will always be susceptible to irreverent criticism and the world of writing is besieged by such uselessness.

Having said all that, just because someone is unable to appreciate my writing, does that mean there is something wrong with me or the reader?

You tell me.

Technical Difficulties

Houston we have a problem…sort of

How many times have you been so excited about something that you think you’re going to pass out. Then comes the big opportunity and …nothing. You could almost cry couldn’t you? The best example of this would be Christmas, you’ve been shopping for month(s) and then comes the big day. You’re sat next to the tree, glittery presents everywhere. The kids open their presents and their eyes light up which makes your heart glow. They turn the toy on and…batteries don’t work. What’s next, trawling through the sofa, cupboards, bins looking for any. Knocking on your next door neighbours. It’s a catastrophe and all because you got lost in the magic.

I don’t blame you, you see many a times I fell to the allure of opportunity. I finally had a website to project my thoughts and career and forgot that I need to know what I’m doing. Someone else made this website for me and I thought it was plain sailing. I forgot the fine detail that goes into it, now ladies and gentlemen I am facing minor setback. These aren’t impossible just annoying that I didn’t prepare beforehand. First setback was the layout which became a doddle. Next came the content which will become more frequent. I am not going to lie at present I am probably utilising 20% of the feature that are available but that’s because I still don’t have a full grasp on this website yet.

The new obstacles I face are the podcorner and gallery content. I am having to fuss about with a few different things and find the minutiae slightly nauseous but then its like going to the gym. You haven’t used certain muscles for a while and when you do you feel sick. I am feeling that now with this website but give me a chance, I believe I will prevail. I think in the next few months I will look back and laugh at how I was making mountains out of molehills.

Stay tuned folks, its bound to be a bumpy fun ride ahead.

Houston, we have lift off