I’m back! (I think)


I haven’t posted in two months. It’s ironic that I can’t motivate myself to get up and write a motivational blog, isn’t it? Well, that’s not the case.

I’ve been working full tilt at other things, like my studies (creative writing diploma), and Amazon KDP. Since I got Hope’s End (formerly Once a Dread Knight…) out I haven’t published a single other thing.

I was a little demotivated that all I’d managed to sell was 23 free copies. I’m not letting that stop me though. I’ve realised in time that Hope’s End is poorly written. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I sort of knew it all along but in my haste to get something published I conveniently overlooked this fact.

On Wednesday I realised how few hours there were in a day. The last two days I’ve been forcing myself up at 4:30 AM to squeeze a little extra from the day. I’m halfway through a complete re-write of Hope’s End.

Faceless’ second draft was also completed yesterday. So something has indeed worked. My Friday is going to be slightly less busy than the rest of the week. (I hope.)

I haven’t been doing much self-motivating lately. It hasn’t really been necessary. I’m more motivated than I’ve been in a long time. Yes Hope’s End only “sold” 23 free copies, but people out there read my work!

Even if the work wasn’t my best, it’s awesome to know that my work doesn’t get completely overlooked. Even with my poor cover design!

I can’t afford a pro to do it for me, so I do my own covers. I’m trying to learn GIMP at the moment but it’s not easy. Especially with my shaky internet.

Anyway, the ideas have since flowed in and I’ve never enjoyed my writing more. Even the tedious editing feels bearable.

Faceless should be out next Wednesday. It’s a 7500 word paranormal horror that should get the blood flowing nicely. The House On Hornberry Hill was also completed yesterday, a 2000 word short story that’s part of an assignment. I’m supposed to submit it to a magazine. I may pop it on Amazon for free when the time comes. It’s another paranormal horror. Oops.

This is becoming more of a journal now, isn’t it?

I promise to “self-motivate” early next week and add it to the blog. Something useful I did hear recently is to make a “dream collage” or “dream book”. Paste all the things that motivate you on a large paper or cardboard or in a book.

Every day, before you start work, stare at it/flip through it. Seeing your mansion or your six-pack or your Lambo every day should give you enough motivation to keep moving forward; whatever your goals.

Whatever you do, never ever ever give up. I have a lot more to say but I think I’ll save some for next week. I need to get back to work now.

Have an epic weekend. Go relax and come back full of energy (and motivation) for Monday.




Well, goodbye for now!

Ok so I might be without internet for a month or so, so this could well be my last post for a good long while. I hope the message I’m trying to relay as helped others as it has helped me. I won’t give up on this blog though, I’ll be back as soon as I can. I might even take a few trips to the local internet cafe while I’m “internetless”.

So today I just want to apologize for not posting religiously this week, it’s been a rough week with the move and all. Next week we’ll be pretty much settled in the new place, so that’s good.

I’m reading Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz at the moment and it’s pretty awesome, just so you know! Defintely reccomend!

One more thing; I got stung by a wasp on my neck yesterday while mowing the lawn. One of these bad boys: Ouch

Never in my 26 years have I been stung by a wasp before Sabie. It’s been twice in the year since I’ve arrived here. Nature seems to not like me much. First one was on the ear and that was significantly worse than the second.

Unfortunately this entry isn’t much about motivation, all I can say about that today is stand strong. No matter what the circumstances are, you will get through if you don’t give up. Just keep going at it relentlessly and somewhere, somehow, you will get your breakthrough. Never give up. Never give up. And always remember: “It’s not over until I win!”


It’s the weekend!

Friday is always a happy day. The weekend looms along with it’s parties and sports and whatever else you’re into. However, there is still a full work day to go! Don’t let the weekend distract you. You should be more easily motivated on this happy day but it’s also very easy to get distracted. Don’t go thinking about that perfect taco you’re going to make yourself this weekend, keep the nose to the grindstone, you’re nearly there!

I was going to do a profile on some successful person but thankfully, Business Insider already did it for me :). Here’s a list of 15 billionaires that came from nothing! : http://www.businessinsider.com/billionaires-who-came-from-nothing-2013-12?op=1

You have to admit it’s always a cause of great awe (and jeolousy, sometimes) to read about people like these. Coming from a poor background, to me, isn’t the hardest way to make your millions, it’s the only way. When I do make it and become wealthy my children won’t even know I have money. No one will know.

I grew up pretty poor until about the age of 8. That’s when my parents both landed jobs at the big factory I spoke about in the first thread of this blog. They worked and studied hard and made their way to respectable positions in the hierarchy. They stayed workers their whole time there, never becoming managers or anything like that, but they earned good salaries.

Needless to say they spoiled me, which I appreciated at the time but after school realised probably wasn’t the best way to bring up a kid. I never really learnt the lesson of hard work = rewards until after school. Actually, I missed out on quite a few hard life lessons I had to learn myself by making the mistakes.

So anyway, enough about me. The point I’m trying to make is the only time my kids get something they want from me is if they work for it. I don’t think it’s healthy for them to get what they want regardless. It’s just going to make their take-off into life all the more bumpy. Whether I’m rich or poor, my kids won’t get a thing until they’ve worked for it.

Now looking at the list, some of these guys were probably more-or-less where you are now. They made it. I’m pretty sure they didn’t all sell their souls to the devil either. They achieved what they achieved through good, hard work. They obviously worked very smart too – don’t forget that.

What I’m saying is if they could do it anyone can. Why would you just want to be anyone though? Go to the next step! Make it even bigger! Success to me isn’t measured in financial wealth so I could give a damn about my financial situation. Success to me is measured in the accomplishment of your goals. As an aspiring novelist I’ll probably never see the billions these guys have but if I can live comfotably off of royalties I’d say that’s success.

If my novels are changing lives and making people happy regardless of whether I’ve made millions, I’d say that’s success. Our journey through life isn’t about making billions, that doesn’t bring happiness. Our journey through life, from my personal point of view, is about how big a diffence (for the better) we can make to the world around us. We’re here to help each other.

I hope most people will agree with me on this. If not, whatever – go chase your own dreams! Whether it’s to be the biggest chicken killer on earth or to be the best hippie, the choice is yours. I’m not here to judge I’m here to try my best to help!

Enjoy your weekend! I’ll see if I can post during the weekend sometime but usually that’s impossible. Weekends are family time and work around the house time so we’ll see.