The Inspiration to Keep Moving Forward

Today, I awoke to my short story The Deserter being rejected from tor.com. I don’t feel like this is a defeat, yet the unbarring anticipation for an answer the last three months to finally been led to this is…distressing.

Yet, I am glad they rejected it. My short story is filled with tribulations of middles ages that some would deem too inappropriate. That’s fine and everything, but censorship is unbecoming of a civilization, and we need to remember the dark times in order to evolve into a better new.

And so, dear monkey feeder, I come at a crossroads. I have an idea that could possibly make me money off this story, yet it is an investment, and requires much attending to. But the rewards, as well the relationships I could make from it…well, let’s just say that it has potential.

However, there is something every writer should be doing in the meantime – reading.

Like Benjamin Franklin, I’ve been trying to keep a daily schedule to basically direct my energy into during certain times of the day. From the 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, that is my hour to read. And I can definitely get a lot in, for I have developed speed reading techniques over the years, despite the hindrance of dyslexia.

So what am I reading to keep my spirits up?

The Dragonscale by J.E.Feldman – J.E. was kind of enough to mail me an autographed copy of her first book. I’m about a third of the way through since I got it three days ago, and I intend to digest it thoroughly.

Unclaimed by Laurie Wetzel – Since I got my Kindle, I’ve delved into free samples that Amazon has to offer with their eBooks. Since interviewing Laurie and learning of her work, I’ve began to read her first book, and have been captivated by it since getting my Kindle two days ago.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – People have raved about this book. My coworker swears by the entire series as well, and so I continue to read it. It has been a great journey thus far.

The Mosaic of Shadows by Tom Harper – I love the history of the Crusades. It’s definitely a telling of what not to do as far as human’s dark history, and one should not forget. Yet, the beginning of the story of Demetrios in this novel is stale to begin with, the book is now kicking into overdrive, as it begins to build up into something far more intense.

The Complete Collection Sherlock Holmes – This is my go to novel when I feel down. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work of a brilliant yet odd man has always appealed to me – always thinking outside the box with unorthodox ways of deduction and observation. The point of view in these stories, as told by Dr. Watson, is my favorite style of story telling, much like my favorite book The Great Gatsby as told by the character Nick Carraway.

When I sit down to read, I read chapters from different books, much like viewing prime time television on a Friday night. I’m weird like that, but it keeps me going. So how to end this entry into Feed the Monkey?

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

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