Hello again to my faithful followers! Both of you!
Well, I’m told that we’re getting close to the fully edited version of In the beginning … and I’m a bit excited! The edited version should be available on Amazon within the week! I’ve waited a long time for this moment! To read one’s own work without the errors that have plagued me for five years! The prospect is almost overwhelming! I admit to you that I am not an educated man. However, I believe that I have been blessed with the ability to tell stories. From grade school to now, I have loved telling stories that entertain others. And recently I was blessed again when my work came to the attention of someone who believes in my story so much that she offered to help me! You see! There really are good people out there who are willing to help you even when you are a jaded, middle-aged cynic who had thought that people only cared about themselves. Well, that’s not entirely true. Oh, I am jaded, middle -aged and a cynic … but I found out about ten years ago that the other thing … that there are people out there who are willing to help … that’s absolutely real! And there are a lot of them! Really! From old friends to complete strangers, I assure you, they’re out there.
But that’s for another time.
In the beginning … is, I’m told, a very good story. And that’s great … to have others tell me that. It’s validation that at least someone else likes my work. Here’s the thing. In the beginning … is only … yep, you guessed it … it’s really only the beginning of the story! I had to tell this story to get to the real story that I wanted to tell. A story that’s been rattling around in my head for over a decade. And it’s not just a story about duality. It’s a story of a man who is finding himself not once, but twice, in incredibly different circumstances. Originally, I envisioned Mirrored Man as a single novel. But, when I was about two thirds of the way through with that story as it exists today, I realized that I couldn’t possibly tell the whole story in one book! So, it became two … and then three … and now I have plans for at least four. Now, the thing about that is that the same thing happened whilst I was writing Vengeance is mine … The story grew to the point that I couldn’t end it where I had originally planned. The arc of the story continues to change. It takes me places that I didn’t even know that I wanted to go.
It’s an incredibly humbling process … writing. I call my talent a gift, and it is. It is a blessing. It’s something that I readily admit to you doesn’t belong to me, but I have been allowed to use it. But not just for me. My gift is something that I want very much to share with others. Don’t get me wrong. I want to get rich too! I ain’t gonna give my work away. Not all of it at least. I gots to get paid, too! But for me, as I suspect it is with most creative and talented people, we get our reward from the people’s lives that we touch. From the smiles that we inspire. From the hearts that we, in some small way change for the better. For me and many others … I have no doubt … it’s about legacy. About what we leave behind. Oh, if we are fortunate enough to make money, more than enough to pay the bills that is, we’ll be leaving that behind too. But when I leave this world for the next, I pray that future generations will find my work as entertaining as the handful of “fans” that I gave now do.
And yes … I do love ellipses.