Self-Improvement

What is the secret to eternal happiness?

It’s been ages since I posted. But believe me, I’ve been working on myself and my writing, and, etc., etc.

Let me share a bit of wisdom with you. Something that I hope resonates within your soul and takes you to a whole new level.

Stay in the moment. Yep. That’s what I said. It’s a universal law that when you focus on yourself and the moment of time that you’re in, that life will reveal itself to you.

This goes for anything you want to accomplish. Try this. The next time you think about something bad that’s happened to you, return to the moment in time that you’re currently in. Close your eyes, breathe and focus on the here and now.

It’s alright if you don’t get it right the first time. This thing we call “time” is a tricky business. But, as you practice, what I am saying will start to make sense.

You’ll see that events in life that you thought were “bad” were really blessings in disguise. This is a power that has existed since the dawn of time, and the way to feed this positive vibe machine is to make sure that at least 90% of the thoughts in your head are positive ones.

Still not convinced? Alright. That’s ok, but if you’re looking for the Holy Grail of Happiness, it’s in the present. Not in the future, not in the past. Now.

Advice like this can make a difference in your life, and turn mediocrity, into excellence. Does this mean perfection is possible? Never. But guess what, I’ve got news for you, it doesn’t matter so long as you’re in the moment. Seeking perfection only leads to more stress and unhappiness. Here’s a prime example: there were these fictional mechanical creatures in Star Trek called the Borg. Their one and only purpose was to achieve perfection, but all it did was turn them into monsters, and create havoc across the universe. I’m not saying perfection will turn you into a monster, but it will take you away from the present moment which is your friend.

Look. The only time you should be thinking about the past is to use the experience gained from the “negative” experience to make the right decision in the present. Then, the future will play itself out.

Make time your friend, and live the life you deserve.

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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.

Quotes

Quote from Guns And Dogs

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Here’s a quote from my upcoming Young Adult novel Guns And Dogs.

“Happiness isn’t something you pick up at the grocery store, nor is it something that comes to you at a certain age. It’s a trait that lives within all of us, and it flourishes when you begin appreciating the things in life we take for granted.”

Writing Advice

What does patience and writing have in common?

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The majority of writers today do not make enough to support themselves. Yes. You read correctly. Sorry if I popped your unrealistic bubble that was based on a get-rich-quick scheme where writing is concerned.

Writing is an art. And you really should keep the unrealistic fantasy at an arms length so it doesn’t affect your ability to create the best possible book or short story.

Many newbies think that one book will propel them to fame and fortune. Look, if you’re doing this for those reasons, then I really doubt your overall dedication. This is something you do for love. Yes, there are hacks out there trying to chase the market, but why aspire to be like them.

Be like you!

Patience comes into play. Don’t plan on making it with one or two books. Have a long-term game plan where your writing is concerned. Network with successful writers or learn what you can to make yourself a more well-rounded person that is built for success over a long period.

Ok. Lecture over. Now go out there and start building a strong foundation that will set you up for long-term success. And remember, patience should be your watchword.

Writing Advice

Your book isn’t selling? Try this method instead.

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In today’s crowded literary market it can be frustrating to make a name for yourself. As you spend money to produce, edit, and market your work, the big picture can get lost in the publishing shuffle.

“What do I do?” You ask? Don’t sweat it. There is a way to get your books noticed. And no excessive money is require for marketing.

The key is persistence. That and getting quality books to market while building your brand. This is the only way to ensure your legacy as a writer. And always you make sure you write what you want to write. Chasing the marketing, as I’m sure many of you already know, is a losing scenario.

There is only one you out there, so show the world what you’re made of. And don’t settle for less when writing. Succeed on your own terms. That’s the best way.

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, 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.

 

 

Writing Advice

How to balance your writing with life

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Alright, I’m guessing most of you writers and artists out there have day jobs. And even if you don’t, for whatever reason, your writing isn’t paying the bills.

At least not yet.

Maybe you’re writing solely for expression and plan on independent publishing. Or instead working towards making it via a traditional publishing route.

Both are viable routes, but one thing you really must remember is the age old saying that’s become cliche: “Don’t quit that day job, just yet.”

Very few writers can afford to. So how does one balance a day job while trying to write? It can be irksome to a few who also have families to care for. But hey, listen, there’s hope.

The answer is to make time. Any bit of writing is better than no writing. And trust me, it gets easier as you successfully manage the two. It’s a balancing act for sure, but nobody said this writing business was going to be easy.

Right now, think of it as a hobby. If you make it, great. If not, keeping plugging away, and don’t ever compare yourself to other writers who’ve “made it.” Because trust me, even they’ve got their own set of problems.

So what are you waiting for? Put the kids to bed and crank up that word processor!

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, 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.

Writing Advice

Here’s what Imagination can do for you!

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If by chance you’ve reached a roadblock in your writing, or any other artistic endeavor, consider this: your imagination exists for a reason. It is the culmination of all your life experiences, and the greatest source of power within each artistic.

Cull your dreams of grandiose and unrealistic expectations and delve deep within your mind, find the things that excite you, make you happy, sad, horny, etc. Take those emotions and combine it with a story that you see potential in, I can’t tell you anymore for this is your personal journey, your path to glory and self-discovery.

So go on and find your best writing, and don’t forget to bring your imagination.

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.