I’m writing two articles tonight. If you’re more interested in following on my train of thought regard the Church of Daemonism story idea, then go check out “Just a Rat in a Cage“. If however you’d like to hear what I have to say on the subject of entrepreneurship, then please read on.
Those of you who’ve been keeping up may already know that I’m struggling a little financially. I have no choices left but to succeed, or pack it all up and go back to England where my Family will make sure I get back on my feet. I have to go big or go home. I am tempted to go home, after all I’d still be able to write. Not because I feel I have too, but just because I want to. I fear though that way lies mediocrity and regret. If I’m taken care of, I may lose my edge, my hunger. I could just relax in the warm comforting cocoon of my family’s love, and put my pen down. It’s tempting, and safe. I don’t want to be safe though. I want to be great.
I’ve wanted fame and glory for as long as I remember. As a child I imagined myself a great hero, a famous singer, a cartoonist, or even a religious leader. Each of these dreams faded somewhat as I realised they weren’t my true calling. Hero was the first to go, heroes don’t get teased at school. Heroes are the ones everyone loves. The religious leader one fizzled dramatically, but my Dad has that one covered. I couldn’t draw a character the same way twice, and I stopped singing altogether because the woman I had married didn’t like my voice.
As soon as the internet became available to me I wanted a website. I didn’t know what for though. I tried and failed many times to launch myself into the infinite sea of cyberspace. Often this was inspired by books I had been reading about starting a small business, coaching, self-development, marketing or abundance. I read voraciously trying to find the secret, learn what I was that I was supposed to do. I even started a small business with my former wife, called Purple Phoenix Tarot. It flopped. Not only because she didn’t trust my lead generation and marketing techniques, but because my ‘psychic’ would back out of appointments with clients at the last minute, and the few clients we did have rarely, if ever, came back.
This time I am both manager and talent, and I will not tolerate any diva-ness from myself. I believe I have found what it was that I wanted to do all along. All the plans I wrote, the characters I created for my cartoons, the crazy gadget designs I doodled when I thought I was going to be an inventor, the backstories I create for the hobby games I play, the books I read looking for the answer, all of it lead to something though natural and enjoyable to me that I didn’t even think about it. Writing.
I’ve read many times that you should do what you love, and you’ll never have to work for a living. I believe that idea may actually be possible, if I approach this using what I’ve learned when trying to better myself. If I apply the lessons of entrepreneurship, self-motivation, leadership, time-management, social media marketing and communication, I really could pull this off. I’m feeling oddly grateful for the difficulties I’ve faced, and the time it’s taken for me to understand what it is I truly want to do. I wasn’t ready, until I had all the pieces. Now I can see the picture and I’m determined to make it a reality.
I’m working on two books right now. A sci-fi story that may become a trilogy, if I feel happy with the pacing, and a fantasy that began as a text based role-playing game I run in a Facebook group. The fantasy is called “The City of Gate: Chronicles“, and it’s basically a retelling, from the beginning, of the game “The City of Gate” that is still ongoing. “Chronicles” because it literally chronicles the adventures that took place in the City of Gate. The city sits on the doorstep of a great fortified gate leading to a paradise. The city’s population were pilgrims and last chancers from all over the known world. They came you the gate to beg to pass through and were turned away. Those that had nowhere else to go made their home right there. There are dragons, wizards, vampires, goblins and dark shadow creatures. It’s a lot of fun.
The Sci-Fi has had a few names. It combines ideas from other stories that didn’t work until I melded them together. The first idea was to follow the story of a sentient ship with no crew, alien in origin, travelling from system to system, collecting resources to maintain itself and keep itself moving, making odd observations on the way. This story was just called “The Ship” and I had sketches of alien plants and animals the ship could come across. The second I remember coming to me as I sat an airport waiting for a flight, thinking it would be cool if the Gates you go through at airports led you through a wormhole to your destination. It occurred to me though that each gate would have to be paired via quantum entanglement with another gate elsewhere. They could never be turned off, or you would have to bring them back together and re-entangle them. I imagined that it would be disastrous should the gateways interfered with one another. I decided that the technology would probably be used instead for space exploration. A spacecraft tethered to earth with a gateway, travelling slowly through space gathering data. Astronaut would be a 9 to 5 job, able to come home for lunch and at the end of your shift. So naturally I called that story idea “9 to 5 Spaceman”!
Another story idea I had, called “The Avalon System” focused on what the world would be like if everyone wore an augmented reality interface, like Google Glass or Shima. I wrote up a quick little scene in a bar between two Avalon users. One picks a fight and challenges the other to a battle. They each choose their favorite gaming avatar, modified with in-app purchases, and proceed to play an augmented reality duel. Originally I have the hero chose a nimble wood elf, while oafish challenger chooses the guise of heavily armed and armored power-armoured cyborg super-soldier. The elfs speed allows him to dodge the tank’s barrage of bullets and slice out primary power lines in no time at all. In the final version of the story, currently being nicknamed “Hermes 925“, the hero is wearing the weaponized armor, and his workplace nemesis publically embarrassed the man by using a naked-but-for-warpaint elf to win the game.
I have a number of other projects on the backburner. I had been working on a self-help book called “Levelling Up” that I may go back to once this experience gives me something personal to add depth and meaning to the catchy phrasing. I also had another fantasy idea called “The War on Magic“, in which a dragon appearing in an American city incites a new wave of terrorism paranoia and resulting in our reality going to war with a parallel magical world. There’s also the aforementioned “Church of Daemonism” idea that would have a sort of Supernatural/Constantine feel to it.
This is clearly a method of self-promotion, and I hope as fellow entrepreneurs, leaders and marketers you can appreciate it. If I’m making a rookie mistake, I’d appreciate your advice. If you’re interested in sponsoring any of the projects mentioned, one of the other articles on my blog, or have something else in mind, please contact me so we can discuss what I’ll need to make that happen. If I’m writing I’m happy, what can I write for you?
Thank you for your valued attention.
Update: I just sent this tweet to Endever publishing to pitch Hermes 925. Wish me luck!