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Live & Learn

If at first you don’t succeed, try again

I have one small criticism with this saying, they never tell you how many times you should try again. I think people who have become successful just try to confuse and convolute those who are trying to be successful. I have failed quite miserably this weekend. I was trying to launch my podcast feature this weekend, something I had pondered for over a year, much to my disgust I failed. The equipment let me down plus I hadn’t considered a few preliminary factors.

I thought something could be salvageable but was sorely mistaken, thankfully my friend was forthcoming. We have rescheduled the podcast for another date close by and we will be ready this time. Later in the day I went to a book signing, it was for the children’s author Aisha Mirza and her story Time for bed Zayd. Her friends and family had come from miles around to see her big moment. Aisha was absolutely glowing with the love and attention she was receiving, I was moved by her reading, really I was of a children’s book.

I spoke to an old friend and had a brief catch up, when I left I felt quite sad. You could put it down to jealousy but what I was truly pondering was my own career. I had now seen someone enjoy success first hand, and there I was enjoying the tatters of my dreams. Whilst I spoke to my friends he told me that we are writers in the company of writers, what we should be is writers in the company of readers. The parable of this could be fishermen throwing nets in a swimming pool with one fish swimming inside. Not exactly the most successful or intelligent of ventures.

I never really got a straight answer for my questions, but then I never do, what I did get was go where the readers are. Suddenly I did a little research into the matter, If I am a horror writer then where are the horror readers? My research confirmed what my friend had told me to do. This is not going to the absolute measure of success but I am going to give wattpad a go. Posting a chapter of my book fortnightly to generate a following. To what end I am not sure, but I am tired of failure.

So what have I learnt?

- Technology is temperamental

- don’t rely on others for success

- naivety deserves no quarter in life

- know yourself before you make assumptions about others

- things can go wrong, no matter how well you plan

The only thing I can do now is just plod along as always, you live and learn, simple as that.

Kinship

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When I was starting off, I felt a bit like the kid in Dr Suess’ “Oh! the places you’ll go” because I felt purposeful and enthusiastic. I wanted to make a name for myself and thought it could easily be done. Quickly I found that my absent minded enthusiasm was my downfall. For me it was an adventure, something I had never attempted. For the rest of the free thinking world it had all been done before.

“I’m sorry kid but your idea has already been done. We’ve seen everything you’ve got to offer before”

That’s what it felt like. Quickly, like an outlaw of the literary world I started to clutch at straws. I was begging for reviews, looking for a quick way out. I missed something very important in my train of thought. If its all been done before, if the world has seen something like me before then there’s a chance, it (whatever it is) is out there somewhere and will be sympathetic towards me. Logic kicked in and I was right. There were author’s like me out there.

In this abysmal reality we call life, we will come across kindred spirits. Men and Women who relate to our struggle and with no clandestine intentions, help you. My experiences with these lovely people have left me touched and reinvigorated. One of whom I would publicly like to thank is Carolyn Arnold. She is the Author of Ties That Bind and selflessly offered me an author interview. Which she, to this very day, on a regular basis tweets to her many followers. Please visit her website here┬áto see the other wonders she’s written and writing.

You see there are real people out there, treasures, who will help you. This my friends is kinship, friendship at its best and I just want to thank all my internet buddies like Carolyn who helped me and continue to do so. I am on a quest now to find many more. Pull up a chair, let’s get involved.