Back at it

Well it’s been quite some time since I’ve written something, so I felt that the time was right to return to my online ramblings. When last we spoke, I had announced my “Retirement” from writing. Well, things have changed, and back in early April I decided to return to writing.

Have the words flowed like a river since I’ve returned? Well, not quite. But I have been working on a new standalone project. I won’t go into detail about it since it’s in the very early stages, but I thought I’d dust off my literary cobwebs and try my luck again at this thing called writing. I’ll give you a hint though, it’s a book for middle grade readers, will have no bad words or sex scenes, and will be fantasy in nature. Ohh, and it’s based in the same universe as the Leopard King Saga.

The moral of the story? A true writer can never retire from writing. The unwritten stories will torture your psyche until you get them down, or at least start working on getting them down. So don’t quit folks, not at anything, unless it’s a bad habit, and in that case, replace it with something good.

Now, back to my writing. Talk to you soon!

End of the road? Maybe. Maybe not.

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I wanted to take this time to announce my retirement from fiction writing. Since July 2013, this blog has served as my principle website to the outside world and has reached tens of thousands of visitors.

I valued every one of you who signed up to follow my writing exploits and self-improvement tips, but, at this time, I have decided to dedicate my time to other pursuits.

Will I still post blog articles? Who knows? But this site will remain online for anyone who would like to explore my past articles and/or purchase my books.

It’s been fun everyone. So I wish everyone on this planet the best in their lives. Let 2021 and beyond bring you everything you desire.

With respects,

T.A. Uner (July 17th, 2013-December 28th, 2020)

Who do you want to be in 2021?

Let’s be realistic here, 2020 was not fun, it sucked, it made me think of negative stuff from my past. But it’s almost over. Thank God for that.

The question is, what does 2021 hold for me? The same thing it holds for you.

A new beginning.

Look. Covid-19 doesn’t have to ruin your life. There’s a vaccine that is making its way around, and there’s hope. The new year is proof of that.

This year sucked, it did. But it also taught me a lot. Some things I learned were.

  • I’m content with being alone, and I can deal with my problems in a civilized manner without going nuts.
  • I’ve missed human contact. And when covid is beat, and it will be someday, I’ll be ready to rejoin the human race. This pandemic might even have helped me become a more sociable person in the long run
  • I realized that I need to be careful of how I spend my money.
  • I can be more social with my family. And I can slow down my pace. I have the worst habit of eating fast and leaving the table early. And now I know that there are others at the table who want to connect with me.

So that’s that. I know what I want to be in 2021. What about you? Make a list, repeat it to yourself, and practice persistence.

As winter descends, the end is near

Well it’s almost winter time. This morning I woke up this morning to a bevy of snowfall, so perhaps it’s appropriate I selected a snow-themed picture to close out my 2020 blog posts. I know I didn’t post much this year, but with a busy daily schedule, it could not be helped. I’m sorry if anyone felt shortchanged by my extended absences. So perhaps, this final 2020 blog post will ease any disappointment.

As a tumultuous 2020 draws to a close, we gladly bid it farewell. And what a year it was: a pandemic, economic uncertainty, a controversial Presidential election in the USA, and many lives lost.

But this isn’t a rant. No. As 2020 makes way to 2021, there is hope. A covid-19 vaccine is making its debut, and hopefully, by this time next year, the pandemic will be a thing of the past.

For me this was a year of transition. I left my full-time job and returned to college to pursue a graduate certificate. Saw my young Nieces grow a year older, helped out elder family members in need, and lost over 20 lbs. of unwanted weight.

So when you look back on 2020. Try and find something from it that will help you in 2021. If you suffered tragedy, and many of us did, use the pain to strengthen yourself.

I know I have lots to be grateful for. In a time when people are being evicted and wondering when their next meal will be served, I managed to improve my condition.

So here’s to 2020, it taught us a lot about ourselves, and hopefully, in 2021, we’ll take that experience and make something great from it.

Work Continues on Book 4

It’s been ages since I last posted anything so please excuse me. I’ve been busy with Graduate School and tweeting my political opinions on twitter. Some responses have been good, others, not so much.I’ve been quite productive though. Have been cranking out words like crazy for the past month and I’m loving it.

Book 4, or, The Leopard Resurrection, does not have a release date yet. although I am hoping to have it out by 2022. This is subject to change.

So how are YOU doing? What is keeping YOU busy during these crazy pandemic days?

How to make your dream a reality

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Dreams. We all have them. Some are big, some are realistic while others require years to bring to fruition. During these uncertain times in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic maybe some of us have put our dreams on hold. Others, despite obstacles, persevere by taking small steps towards their eventual goal.

And that’s the key word. Small. To make your dream(s) come true you need to look at the big picture piecemeal. Nothing momentous happens overnight, and anyone who thinks it does is only setting themselves up for a major letdown.

Right now I’ve been putting my fiction on hold. Why? Because I’ve invested my resources into gaining new skills which can help me find a better job and to a lesser extent, improve my fiction.

And by relegating my fiction I’m not postponing it, I’m only investing in a prerequisite step that will eventually get me to where I want to go. Until fiction pays the bills for any writer, they must find sustenance in the dreaded “day job.”

So what small steps are you taking to make your dream(s) a reality. Please feel free to post your comments.

Until next time.

Making life changes work for you

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It’s been a busy few months for me. With the Pandemic and Social Unrest in the background. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve gone this long without writing a blog post. Almost 3 months to be exact. Geez. Where do I start? Ohh, now I remember. Please read on…

I decided to focus on enriching myself and I left my job to go back to Graduate school to earn a certificate. Where does this leave my writing? Good question. I was working on the 2nd edition of The Leopard Apocalypse, the 3rd novel in my flagship Leopard King Saga series, and on the side I was writing the 4th book in the series, The Leopard Resurrection while starting on another YA project called The Cardinal Rule.

Sadly that’s all been put on hold. Graduate school demands time and financial investment. And getting the most out of my money is paramount in order to land an even better job.

So I wanted to discuss life changes with you, and steps you should take in the event an unexpected situation finds you.

1) Save money:
yes, it’s cliche but saving the majority of your paycheck, while being restrictive, it can help pay for unexpected surprises.

2)Have a support network: make sure to share the news with loved ones and trusted friends. Feeding off the positive energy from others boosts confidence and gives you forward momentum.

3)Stay positive: Can’t stress this one enough. You’ll find yourself stretched thin when something unexpected comes along that forces you miles out of your daily routine. But just remember, everything has a purpose and embrace the chaos by thinking on the bright side.

Anyways, that’s it for now. I look forward to posting another helpful blog post, and promise not to take this long between intervals. Stay safe everyone!

Coronavirus and the Writing Life

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As the planet battles the latent new virus known as COVID-19, I sit here wondering what the future holds. But, as a writer I am already accustomed to this anomalous feeling.

Writing itself is an unpredictable animal, and the current pandemic gripping the planet is a situation most newly-published writers find themselves at odds with. The energy-sapping questions begin making their way through their thoughts. What should I write about? Will my books ever sell? Will I ever be able to support myself on my writing? Then, once you get self-published, the constant checking of your amazon royalty figures can almost drive a newbie mad.

Like the Coronavirus and writing, both unpredictable in their own right, the only thing you can do is focus on doing your best, and ignoring the fear factor. Because, worrying about something you have no control over will simply ruin your quality of life, and take the fun out of anything.

So I say this to every new writer and human being. Be calm. Live every day to the best of your ability. Don’t fret over the virus that the news agencies are constantly blasting over the airwaves.

And get back to two things. Living, and writing.

Dealing with unproductive moments

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It’s been ages since I posted, having missed January completely I thought I’d finally make my first blog entry in 2020.

The subject today is unproductive nuances. Have you ever felt like doing something and yet have struggled to create it? Whether it’s writing or creating any type of art for that matter? I admit, the past few days have been rough for me as I’ve been dealing with a lack of energy, causing my writing output to decline substantially. The answer has been to push through. Easier said than done, but so far, it’s been working. After all, a small output is better than no output. Right?

In my opinion though, it sometimes helps when you take a break from it all and do something else. Whether it’s exercising, doing other work, or even reading.

So what do you do when you’re facing adversity in creating something artsy? I welcome any comments.

Until next time.

 

A Look back. And a Look Ahead.

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It’s Christmas Eve, and it’s been far too long since I last wrote anything on this blog. In the meantime, I felt, on the eve of my vacation down to Florida tomorrow, I’d write something I hope will be useful.

As for my trip to Florida, it will be my first time back in the sunshine state since early 2003. You probably don’t know this but the last time I ventured down to Florida was in August 2002. Fresh off my college graduation, I felt I would test the waters and find employment there, much like I’m doing now. Except this was one year after 9-11, and having moved to Orlando against the better judgement of my peers, I quickly found that my presumed new home was nothing more than an oasis of underpaying jobs and dead-end interviews.

7 months later, and with my savings extinguished, I found myself heading back home to Northern Virginia with my proverbial tail between my legs. My dreams of living in a year-round warm wonderland crushed between the jaws of a metaphoric Florida Gator.

So what is the moral of this story you ask? Especially on Christmas Eve? Well folks, 2020 is nearly here. If you do one thing, make it this: try to make the best decisions that will help you in the long run. Don’t make decisions with your emotions. Instead, sit down and discuss major lifestyle changes with trusted friends and family. If you do make a move, make sure it’s for the best.

Anyways, that’s all for now. See you next year/decade! I leave you with this friendly Florida Alligator image.

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