The long, and painful road to success

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Alex Ovechkin, Captain of the Washington Capitals, an NHL Club based in the USA, lifts the Prestigious Stanley Cup, one of the most important sports trophies in the world.

I must admit, these past few days have been pure ecstasy for me. Especially today, June 12th, 2018 when the entire city of my hometown, Washington D.C. created a spectacle honoring the achievement of its hockey club, the Washington Capitals, who won the Stanley Cup, the holy grail of North American Hockey, that has been awarded to NHL champions since 1892. It was the first championship for the expectant Capitals, and the first major sports title for the Washington, D.C. area since 1992. The parade today made me think real hard about my own journey, especially where my writing career was concerned.

Why am I blogging about this? Well, if you think writing, or art for that matter, is connected with the Capitals’ first championship, you guessed correctly.

But the story would make little sense if I didn’t delve deeper into the Capitals’ once-turbulent playoff history. A past filled with so many tragic seasons where the club under performed in the playoffs despite high expectations. To make matters worse, every year when the playoffs rolled around almost always resulted in another premature exit at the hand of one of their rivals, thus adding another sad page to the club’s tortuous playoff mishaps.

Honestly, this team wasn’t even supposed to win a Championship, let alone make the playoffs. But this group of resilient players persevered, and managed to overcome the decades-long playoff failures that had plagued the club since the late 1980s.

This is where art, or writing for that matter, comes into play. You can write for many years, and wrack up an unhealthy load of rejections along the way. Just like the Capitals you can gain strength from your failures, instead of letting the failures define you.

It’s cliche to say it’s the journey that counts, not the destination, but the fact is that there is no greater teacher of life than the failures you encounter, and a team I have followed since I was a 13-year-old boy proved that to me.

So learn to accept failure as a healthy gauge that can be your compass to bigger and better things.

Just ask the Washington Capitals.

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What are your Summer 2018 Plans?

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Well with Winter 2017-18 in the books, and Spring moving along, we can all start looking to Summer 2018. I’m now working on the Outline For the 4th and final book of my Leopard King Saga series, The Leopard Resurrection. In addition, I’ll soon begin the arduous process of edited Book 3, The Leopard Apocalypse.

Last month I earned my Business Communication Certification from Duke University and now I am taking another online course on Technical Writing. Whew! Just writing all that down was hard work. LOL.

So what are your Summer 2018 plans? Anything you’ve started working on or would like to begin? I’d love to hear from everyone in the comments section below.

Here’s to a strong Spring finish and a great transition into Summer!

March Updates

It’s been ages since I last posted on this blog. Some of you were probably wondering where the hell I’ve been? Well as you know I’ve been editing my novella Kill Zombies for my new publisher Kensington Gore. In addition to that I’ve been working on the preliminary outline for the fourth and final book in my Leopard King Saga series, The Leopard Resurrection.

I still haven’t resumed editing the third Tome, The Leopard Apocalypse. I guess it will have to wait until I’ve finished my obligation to Kensington Gore.

Hope to have another update for you soon. Until then, keep reaching for your goals!

 

 

How is life and Writing similar?

As a writer I get lots of feedback regarding my work. Take my debut novel for example: The Leopard Vanguard. Despite receiving top-notch reviews on both amazon & goodreads, many have complained about the “slow-start” and “difficult” beginning. I’m fully aware these days the diminishing attention-span that plagues most readers, if a book doesn’t grab their attention in the first few pages, it’s time to move on.

This is when I often tell them that they need to read on, to be patient, for once they get past the “difficult” beginning, they’re rewarded with a great middle and ending.

While I take into account every piece of advice, there are just some scenes or prologues that cannot be changed.

So how does this tie into life? Read on and I’ll gladly explain.

Let’s say you’re learning a new skill for the first time. Is it easy? Maybe, but for most of us we struggle with the task until we finally accomplish our goal, learning it, and then we flourish doing it, enjoying it in the process.

That’s how I see it.

If you’ve got a comment, I’d love to hear your feedback, whether you agree or disagree.

See you next time!

T.A. Uner

What are your goals for 2018?

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It’s been almost two weeks into the new year. I’ve been taking time off from my writing to recharge the batteries and get myself ready for more writing and editing in the next week.

Back-to-back family Birthdays coming up next week will cap off a productive rest period in which I emerged from the wake of my 5-year writing journey to complete The Leopard Apocalypse.

So what are your goals for 2018? Are you going to start or finish that novel you’ve been thinking of? Or maybe write a screenplay. What challenges are you facing or plan to face when embarking on a new project.

If you’ve got something in the works, please leave a comment. I’d like to know. Wishing you the best for 2018!

The Leopard Apocalypse Update

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Wanted to give everyone an update on the 3rd book of The Leopard King Saga, The Leopard Apocalypse. I’ve now moved onto the final chapter. Yes! Finally! After five years, could I finally be finishing this never-ending story? No pun intended of course.

If making it to the final chapter in the first draft is making me this excited, I wonder how I’ll finally feel when I finish the whole thing? I’m still gunning for completion of The Leopard Apocalypse manuscript by the end of this year. Keep your fingers crossed.

I hope everyone out there is enjoying the holiday season, whatever you’re doing, I hope you are enjoying the process, and not the result. That’s where the best stories come from.

 

November brings fall challenges

It’s been awhile since I posted anything. But wanted to let everyone know it’s been a challenge holding down a busy day job and working on two books.

As most of you know I’ve been working on two books for the past few months. The first is Kill Zombies, a novella I self-published back in 2013, and has since been signed on to Kensington Gore publishing. My new publisher wants it expanded into a full-blown novel, and it’s been taking up some of my time.

The second work is The Leopard Apocalypse. The third book in my Leopard King Saga series. A book I’ve been working on since 2012. It’s now swelled to 176K words and I still have 2 plus chapters to complete.

But I’d have to  say the biggest challenge is realizing that it may be time to move on from my day job and pursue a career that would enable me to write more. It’s been a difficult choice, but usually when we are faced with adversity, that’s when fundamental changes occur. And it’s usually for the better. I’ve kept a positive outlook throughout this entire ordeal, and believe me, I’m ready for whatever fate awaits me in my future pursuits.

What type of struggles have you faced? And how have they changed you? I’d really like to know. This blog exists for everyone’s benefit. Not just mine. As always, I’m looking forward to reading your comments!

 

September Leopard Apocalypse Update

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It’s been a few months since my last update on The Leopard Apocalypse, so I wanted to let everyone know that I’m nearly finished with the first draft. Only three chapters remain to be completed, and I’ll be finished with the longest writing project in my young writing career. What a relief that will be! I’m currently at 167K words and I imagine it will continue to balloon until I cross the finish line. No projection on when that will happen, but it shouldn’t be too far in the future.

It’s also important I mention that my expansion for Kill Zombies, a novella I am currently expanding into novel-length for my publisher Kensington Gore is back in full swing. So there is no lack of writing projects for me!

September arrival signals new project

It’s been awhile since I posted a message. Finally have my right eye back up at 100%. As you may recall, I had retinal detachment surgery in late July and had to wait until my right eye stabilized before getting a new prescription. Now that that’s behind me, I can focus on writing at a full-time pace.

I’ve resumed writing The Leopard Apocalypse FT. And am revising/expanding Kill Zombies for my publisher Kensington Gore. On top of that I began outlining for a new nonfiction book project.

It’s going to be titled, The Leopard Life. And will be focus on helping new writers embark on the novel-writing careers. It will also have a section on art and how writing fits in within the creative spectrum.  It’s final section will focus self-improvement, based on my own life and universal self-help advice that I have accumulated on my personal life journey.

I hope to have more information when it becomes available. But that’s it for now. Let’s welcome Fall 2017 with a good dose of dedication to our chosen artistic paths.

Respectfully,

T.A. Uner

 

 

 

Back at it

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As some of you know, I recently took a break from writing due to eye surgery. On August 1st I got the go-ahead from my Doctor to resume writing.

What a relief! I began by resuming work on The Leopard Apocalypse, and yesterday I returned to my novella, Kill Zombies, and resumed working to expand that into a novel for my new publisher, Kensington Gore.

Is my right eye at 100% yet? No. That will take some time. But I’m more than ready to resume writing. After almost two weeks of no writing, I was happy to be back at it.

More updates to come.