"In these pages many mysteries are hinted at.
What if you come to understand one of them?"

"Words let water from an unseen, infinite ocean
Come into this place as energy for the dying and even the dead."

"Bored onlookers, but with such Light in our eyes!
As we read this book, the jewel-lights intensify."

- Rumi

Saturday, May 7, 2011

On Remaining Humble During Success

For those of you who may not heard, I'm up on Kindle.  Well, at least a story that I co-wrote with my friend Steve Moore is.  It's been on Amazon for about a week.

Knight of the Living Dead (3 Strange Knights)

I also recently received my first check from Fantasy Flight Games.  Professional Writer, that's me! Right now, I'm not apt to get a swelled head or full of myself from this success, so far.  Right now, it's not very much, but it definitely has the potential to grow.  How does one make something of themselves through a dream they've had since elementary school and still remain humble?  Well, Steve and I have come up with a way I think will keep us down to earth and never ready to discount our fans that will bring us (someday) to the loft heights of literary legendry.

We've decided to measure our success based on where we can eat and what we can order off the menu.  Right now, with Knight of the Living Dead, we can each order a basic value meal at most fast food places, as long as we don't super size it.  We're very happy to have made it beyond the $.99 value menu.  Thanks to all who have allowed us to have this wonderful meal.  Oh yeah, and that's just once.  One time through a drive through after a fair.  That's what our success has brought us.  Someday, we might both get to go to Denny's and order separate dishes.  Right now at Denny's we'd have to share.

So, now, no matter how far I god with this writing thing, I'll always be able to look back to the time I was looking forward to getting off to the value menu.  I think if more people put things into perspective like this, they'd be less apt to let their egos run away with them.  Cause when it comes right down to the bottom line, we all started ordering off the value menu.

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