Epic Fantasy, Philosophy

The truth about struggling

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I felt this story might serve to inspire some folks out there. Well a few days ago I noticed that a mouse had gotten into my home. Fall is here, so these critters tend to get inside homes now that summer is over.

Well I thought catching a mouse was pretty straightforward. How hard could it be? You set a trap, bait it and voila! Dead mouse. Not quite. Little did I know I was in for a surprise. A big surprise. From something quite small.

I set three traps and was surprised that none of them had caught the mouse. But wait, it gets weirder, the cheese bait had disappeared! The mouse had actually grabbed the bait and made off with the cheese.

I was surprised. Clearly I’d made a mistake.So I re-baited the traps and waited. Nothing. This time all three traps had been stripped of cheese, and still the mouse had evaded capture!

Clearly I was dealing with a craft creature here. But I refused to be bested by a creature who’s brain was smaller than the size of a raisin. I continued my struggle to capture the mouse, but, it kept getting away with the cheese.

Knowing I had to change my tactics, I went to purchase a glue trap. And finally, after three days of struggling to capture my quarry, low and behold the glue traps had captured not one, but two mice.

I’d be surprised if there isn’t a lesson in all of this. Clearly my struggle to catch these critters was an example of life. We struggle and we struggle, and even when victory is expected, it’s seldom delivered as we like it. But yet, if we persevere, we may yet end up with a favorable outcome. I was overjoyed to see my efforts in catching an additional mouse. I hadn’t climbed Mount Everest, but still, I found myself grateful for the struggle.

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Philosophy

What does writing mean to you?

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Well. Here we are again my friends. So let me ask you this: what does writing mean to you?

To me it’s the obvious cliched reason. Because I want to write, because I choose to express myself. Because it’s a hobby I love.

But there is more, much more. The truth is, it’s therapeutic, it’s good for the soul. Yes. For example, when everyone on this site asked me to write a book from a genre they voted on, I answered the call.  Not for personal gain, not for fame, but for the sake of giving back.

In the end a writer needs to write what is interesting to them. But they also have to listen to the people who visit their blog, who take the time to read their posts and leave precious comments. Because every voice counts.

So here we are. Just two days before Guns And Dogs is released. A book that was really about my own struggles as a person, but written for all of you. There is a lot of me in this book. Just like all the others before. But as I mentioned earlier, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The greatest joy in life is to give something back to society. To leave your mark so you know you lived a productive life. Not for personal gain, or fame, but because it’s the right thing to do. I’m going to indulge in a cliche here but it truly is better to give than receive.

So now we come to the end of another blog post. Guys, it’s been fun outlining and writing Guns And Dogs. And I couldn’t of done it without you.  Thank you for coming here, thank you for leaving comments, but most of all, thank you for reminding me what writing truly means to me.

Giving back.

 

 

 

Philosophy

What Prince meant to my Universal Soul

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These past few days have been strange ones. Not just because the world lost one of it’s greatest musical talents, but because I had felt something tugging at my soul. It was almost as if there was some disturbance in the universe.

You can call me crazy.I think I might be. After all, who would become a Writer in the first place, right? An occupation that gifts its users with a never-ending barrage of words that must be re-edited until madness descends upon the soul.

Well it must said that I was listening to some heavy doses of Prince’s music for the past few days before his departure. Call it premonition or just a massive helping of coincidence. Some higher power was asking me to honor one of its greatest creations as his time on this planet in the flesh was drawing to an end.

Then the news came of his death. It saddened me like it did so many others. But I do not weep for his death. For someone as talented as he was, death is but a momentary lapse of reality. Prince was just one of those mega-stars, like Micheal Jackson, Elvis and Curt Cobain. Now his legacy takes its rightful place next to all the other Legends who preceded him into the great unknown we call death.

So I say this to Prince’s soul, or whatever caused me to honor his timeless tunes even before he left us, thank you for touching my artistic soul. I will never be the same.

Philosophy

Deciphering the complex Artistic mind

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If you’re an artist, and things are not going as planned, don’t sweat it. Life is up and down. I that’s cliche but it’s true. If you feel depressed, it’s not because there is something wrong with you, there isn’t. It’s how your brain is made up.

Having been there I can attest to that. For a simple solution to a complex problem go talk to a trusted friend, or family member. And if you can afford it, by all means find a psychiatrist who can offer advice.

I don’t say this to patronize you, just to tell you that you’re not alone. And if you wanna leave a comment here, by all means, please do! I’m here to offer support.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing, and life. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.

Philosophy

Writing without sight

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It’s been a challenging week for me. Two weeks ago I found I’d need retinal surgery on my left eye in order to prevent vision loss. It was an unexpected complication during a busy time in my life: working on two novels, maintaining a day job and an upcoming vacation on the horizon.

It’s been over four days since the surgery and my writing output has suffered. So has my outlining. I was hoping to finish the 2nd Draft of Forever Mars this week but that may be pushing it. With only one working eye, it was always going to be a challenge.

Nevertheless, I continue living my life despite reduced eyesight in my left eye. Besides, what other choice do I have? The doctor says the surgery was a success, and that I should regain full eyesight in my eye in a few weeks, but, as a writer even the reduced efficiency of one eye is a huge loss. I mean, you need your eyes in order to write…right?

Perhaps the purpose of this blog post was to put thoughts to paper. I don’t talk about myself much on this blog, except for sharing my writing experiences, and releasing information about an upcoming work. Maybe it was to let everyone who follows my blog never take the small things for granted. Not saying eyesight is “small” per say, but I never really thought I’d experience diminished vision so early in my life.

In the end I have may family to thank. For their support. And you, noble reader, who hopefully can use my experience to appreciate something in your life you take for granted.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com and https://twitter.com/LeopardKingSaga, where he blogs regularly about writing and self-improvement. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. If you do this he will dance on his hands.

Philosophy

Helpful Quotes by T.A. UNER

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I figured it was time to list my growing number of helpful quotes. Some are taken from my books, others are just quotes I wrote to help people understand the world around them. Feel free to bookmark this page and refer back to my quote-list whenever the mood strikes you.

To view all my quotes, click HERE.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs regularly about writing and self-improvement. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. If you do this he will dance on his hands.

Philosophy, Writing Advice

Turning Ordinary tasks into Extraordinary experiences

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Now that editing has picked up on GUNS AND DOGS I wanted to talk about having fun. What type of fun you may ask?

Some newbie writers I’ve spoken with have complained of writing and editing as tedious due to time constraints or Writer’s Block, an ailment I really cannot relate to since it’s a self-imposed predicament I don’t subscribe to. “So why do you write?” I ask these people. “Did you think it would be all fun and games? I mean, if you’re doing this for money or for fame, you’re in the wrong line of work.”

I think the best mindset to have when writing, or doing anything that’s a labor of love is to take it for face value. Enjoy the experience as your journey toward a better self, and, make the process the fun by not tying yourself up with the end result, because even if the book/project doesn’t turn out how you expected, you’ll have spent your time on a worthwhile endeavor. You!

Remember: turn ordinary tasks into extraordinary experiences. And watch your work soar like an Eagle.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs regularly about writing and self-improvement. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. If you do this he will dance on his hands.

Philosophy

The Power of Fathers

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Now that Father’s Day is upon us I decided to share something about my Father. Why you ask? Isn’t this a blog about writing?

Yes. It is. But without some kind guidance from my father, I may of never been a writer. Let me explain.

Back in 1985, I had written a few stories in 5th Grade and then for some odd reason I quit. Call it peer pressure or lack of faith. That appeared to be the end of my writing.

Not quite.

Enter 2003. I had just returned from an unsuccessful stint in Florida where I had tried finding a job, and instead found myself lacking direction. My family had warned me not to go since the job market down there at the time wasn’t booming. But I went anyway, call it youthful stubbornness. We all know that at that age it’s not cool to listen to your parents. And besides, I knew everything, or so I thought.

Now in August 2003, back home in Virginia, with no job, or direction, something happened. Something unexpected.My father gave me some advice. And guess what? I listened. He told me to write. Not for money, or profit, not to become famous. He said do it for writing’s sake. He told me that I had tossed aside a valuable gift years ago, and I owed it to myself to return to it. To be true to my talents. That gift was, you guessed it, writing.

So I did something that was strangely alien for me. I took my father’s advice. And I wrote. I read books on writing. And I wrote. I amassed rejection slips from publishers and agents. And I wrote. I researched the market. And I wrote. I penned 3 novels that never saw the light of day. And I wrote.

Then in 2013 I decided to enter the independent writing arena. I made marketing mistakes like all new indie writers but I learned from them while publishing 7 works I’m proud of. It’s still trial and error, but that’s the beauty of life isn’t it? Learning from those experiences and making myself a better writer, and a better person. Have my books sold millions? Nope. But I love what I do. Writing what I love and having people read and comment on my work. Good or bad reviews, every person who’s read my work cannot deny my love for writing. The passion in my heart when I write about what I love, without fear of whether it will sell or not. That’s the best kind of writing. Where the best stories come from. Believe me.

Ok. So let’s get back to Father’s Day. My Father isn’t a man who hands out praise unless it’s warranted, but he’s happy to see me happy, and always mentions that when we sit down to talk about my writing ,and where it has taken me as a person.

So on Father’s Day, or any day for that matter. When your Father or any Father-Figure in your life tries to give you sound advice. Listen. It may just change your life.

That’s the Power of Fathers.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs regularly about writing and self-improvement. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. If you do this he will dance on his hands.

Philosophy

How can life experience help writing?

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Let’s face it, writing is a daunting job, no guarantee for success for all the hard work you put in, and, like most endeavors it takes a lot of luck to make it big.

But it doesn’t always have to be an uphill struggle. Each writer has within themselves the potential to take their writing to a whole new level. How? Read on.

Life experience. That’s right. Life. Experience.

While having friends in the publishing industry helps, if your book is riddled with forgettable characters and paper-thin plots, it won’t go far and will languish on the clearance tables at your local bookstore.

So this is what you do: Take a page out of your own life story. Experience. And incorporate that into your writing. Maybe it’s memories of the high school bully, or the first date with that special someone that comes to mind. Find a place to put that piece of yourself into your story and watch its authenticity soar.

Most of the best writers out there do this, and the more you do it the easier it becomes.

So the next time you’re hung up on writing that next scene, think about something from your past and ease it into your story.

You’ll be doing both yourself and your reader a great service.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and novellas. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing, and sales & marketing, or just plain nonsense. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will be grateful and dance on his hands if you do.

Philosophy

Why should readers support Independent Writers?

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With Indie Fall Fest 2014 in full gear, I decided to write something pertaining the burgeoning Independent Writing movement. I think it’s important that Independent Writers are read by booklovers worldwide, even more so than Traditionally published Authors, why? Let me explain…

Artistic standpoint:Most, if not all, independent writers focus on the expression of their art. I’m not saying Traditionally published writers don’t, but it’s becoming rare. Instead traditionally published writers are more committed to writing material to drive sale for their mega-publishers. I don’t say this to badmouth traditional presses or writers, but over-commercialism can stunt the creative process. Don’t you agree?

Financial standpoint: Most independent writers work day jobs, since their writing doesn’t come close to supporting them financially. Do traditional writers have this problem. Few, if any. I speak for many Indies, since I live a very modest life. Whom would you rather support? The traditional author who already has an eight or nine-figure fortune? Or the upstart Indie who needs to work three jobs to pay their bills?

Ethical Standpoint:
Perhaps the most important reason readers should support Independent Writers as a whole is because it’s the right thing to do. The Independent Writing movement has enabled countless people to break through the publishing gatekeepers and finally add their literary voices to the writing continuum. Many of these talented folks would’ve never published if they’d left their fates in the hands of literary agents and mega-publishers.

So who would you rather support? The Mega-Author? Or the Indie writer?

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs 4-5 times a week about writing, self-publishing, and sales & marketing. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.