Friday, June 22, 2012
39 & Turning Pro
In a nutshell, Pressfield shares his experience to help the artist overcome resistance (anything that stops you from doing what you should be doing) and grow. To have the ambition to succeed and truly excel at one's ultimate goal requires a paradigm shift which he refers to as Turning Pro.
From Turning Pro ~ "Turning Pro is free, but it demands sacrifice. The passage from amateur to professional is often achieved via an interior odyssey whose trials are survived only at great cost, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. we pass through a membrane when we turn pro. it's messy and It's scary. We tread in blood when we turn pro."
I'm 39 today and taking stock of my writing career. Turning Pro is what I want and am doing, too long I have let my own distractions and self-doubts (a universal writers malady I believe) slow me down. Time to banish the shade I've let loom over myself and do the work I believe in.
As such, I need to look at what I have accomplished and be proud of that instead of beating myself up over what I haven't done yet. Time to live in the present and have joy.
My published works and awards so far.
LDStorymakers Writers Con - 1st place General Fiction First Chapter Contest
Dance the Ghost with Me
LDS Publisher Blog Short Story Contest
1st place Song of Saphir ~ 2nd place Covenant of the Scalp
WiDo Publishing ~ Heroes of the Fallen
IRON BOUND magazine issue #1 ~ Sailing to Valhalla
Shadows & Light II ~ The Hand of Fate
Monk Punk ~ Fistful of Tengu
Lovecraft eZine issue #4 ~ Curse the Child
Utah Geek Magazine issue #1 ~ Midnight Son’s part 1: Cold Comfort
Monsters & Mormons ~ Fangs of the Dragon
Sword & Sorcery Magazine #2 ~ Hel Awaits
Unnatural Tales of the Jackalope ~ Tangle Crowned Devil
Wandering Weeds ~ Garden of Legion
In Situ ~ The Dig
And in some indeterminate near future (these have already been accepted for publication)
Blood of Our Fathers
Roar of the Crowd ~ Whispers of the Goddess
Challenge Discovery ~ The Serpents Root
The Evil Twin ~ The Cry of Carrion Birds
Dark Eclipse Magazine ~ A Good Home for the Spoon