Happy New Year! It’s 2018 now, and I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. You ready? This year, everything is going to change for me. I’ve been writing books since 2013, and I’ve always thought of it as less than a hobby. I’d be all, “The Air Force is my job, the gym is my hobby, (I was an amateur bodybuilder from 2006 to 2016) writing books is my hobby.” I did pretty well for myself in the 4 years I released 9 books. Made decent money and had a few bestsellers, one international bestseller. Not bad for less than a hobby, huh?
Well, that is all over. On my last blog post, I posted a screenshot of bestselling author Octavia Butler’s journal. In this journal, Octavia wrote out a bunch of stuff and decided that she was going to speak all of it into existence. For example, here’s another page from that same journal…
If you didn’t already know, Octavia Butler went on to become exactly what she said she would. From the moment I saw that journal screenshot on Twitter, I’ve been obsessed with it, and I think about it all the time. I pretty much live this train of thought now, and after having spinal surgery in 2017 and not being able to release a book, I was able to reevaluate my life and decided to change things up. My bodybuilding days are over since the surgery, and after not being able to write for so long in 2017, I realized that writing is now what I do. This is it, and I’ve never loved it more than I do right now. Yes, I’m still in the Air Force, but writing is what I do. So, in the spirit of Octavia Butler, it’s time to speak it into existence. You with me? Let’s do this!
I AM A BESTSELLING WRITER. WRITING IS WHAT I DO. THE DAYS OF MINIMAL SALES ARE OVER. STARTING WITH MADMAN, EVERY ONE OF MY BOOKS WILL BE AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER. THEY WILL MAKE IT TO THE TOP BESTSELLER’S LISTS, STARTING WITH AMAZON, THEN ON TO USA TODAY, THE NY TIMES, THE WASHINGTON POST, AND SO ON AND SO FORTH. THIS WILL HAPPEN WHETHER THE BIG BLOGS PUSH MY WORK OR NOT, WHETHER I’M EVER PAID AN ADVANCE OR NOT, WHETHER I EVER BECOME TRADITIONALLY PUBLISHED OR NOT.
THIS IS MY LIFE. EVERYTHING I WRITE IS DOPE. EVERY BLOG POST, EVERY FACEBOOK STATUS, TWITTER POST, NOVEL, SHORT STORY, NOVELLA, AND POEM IS FILLED WITH INTENSITY AND INTRIGUE, AND DRAWS READERS IN. I WILL BE KNOWN AS A GREAT WRITER IN THIS LIFE OF MINE. I WILL TOP MULTIPLE BESTSELLER’S LISTS. I WILL FIND A WAY TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. SO BE IT. SEE TO IT. THIS IS MY LIFE.
I AM A WRITER.
Happy New Year. Welcome to 2018, the year I became a writer. Now, get ready for Madman (Love & Chaos #1), coming on February 5th!
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