ONLY THE BEGINNING
Hello. I’m here now. Better late than never. Right?
I have been wanting to do this for some time now. Having traversed the long narrow and winding road of writing a first novel I thought I had earned a small break. I sunk in my chair feeling very tired. My fingers were sore. My vision was blurred from staring at the glowing screen for what was the better part of many of my days of continuous writing. I then patted myself on my back, smoked a fake cigar which produced bubbles instead of smoke, drank some cheap whiskey, and waited for everything to fall in to place: success, recognition, monetary awards, etc. Of course, though I have always been known to dream big, the reality of the world always throws a unforgiving brick. Writing the first novel is only the beginning. Only the beginning.
I took a vacation of sorts. It was a stupid idea. One which made it even harder to get my feet wet again. If anyone asked what I was doing next I would reply, I’m on holiday. When they asked me what I meant I would shrug and walk away. Yes, I was on holiday.
After publishing my first novel, Living on Empty, I had always intended the next step would be setting up my personal website. But I became convinced that personal websites were a thing of the past. I was going to attempt to rely solely on my Social Network accounts as a way to spread the word about my work. Well, that much of it which exists at this point. Time, however, has proven me wrong and I now see how vital and necessary it is to have a single platform as a way to release all that I am doing … into the wild of the interwebz.
“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” -Mark Twain
I will admit, I definitely dragged my feet through this process. Having published my book in February 2013, as I write this it is the beginning of November 2013, and only yesterday did I feel my website was ready for me to begin adding content. What sort of content? My content. My creative energies.
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” -Jack London
GODS OF CREATIVITY
I suppose I was waiting for the gods of creativity to hit me with some sort of magic spark. But waiting for things like that to happen never gets anyone anywhere. The best thing to do is not wait but just do the thing you want to do in your life: Be it building a house, learning to ski, taking photography classes or writing that great American novel. The act of doing something is more impressive than the act of talking about doing something.
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” — Albert Einstein
So, break open your best bottle of scotch and share a drink with me. Hopefully this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Here’s looking at you, kid.
Originally published at jordanaubryrobison.squarespace.com on November 6, 2013.