The ups and downs: Learning to push through Failure

I remember my excitement when Auri invited me to participate in the Animanga Festival. I vanished again and I wasn’t sure how exactly to come back to my dear blog and my dear blog friends. I thought this would be a great way to see what everyone had been up to and get back to my routine that I had in 2018.

I made plans but I didn’t make the posts. This turned out to be a mistake since I found out I would need surgery and I had no posts ready to go to set up that would publish while I recovered. (RIP gallbladder).

I took this with my usually mood– Disappointed that I wasn’t prepared and put it in the pile of “pushed back deadlines” where my first book ended up a long with other things.

The first lesson on failure:  Failing is temporary.

I have to remind myself that I’m not done. Even though I had plans to publish in February 2020 pushing it back is not a failure. It was something that sucked yes, but I have no plans of giving up. I am still going to publish in 2020 and even though it is later it actually might be a better option for me.

The second lesson on failure:  Sometimes failing is disguised as an opportunity.

When my husband lost his job I had to use my saved editing money to pay the bills. I will be honest. I was mad at him and mad at his company that betrayed him. Then there was this small part of me that was relieved. Honesty time, I’m scared as all get out to put my work out there. I remembered my old mindset that –if I didn’t try I wouldn’t fail… Well, I can tell you now that isn’t true.

So I took this moment as a gift of more time. I decided that my first book was something that did need a lot more work. Then I took a closer look an there were a lot of problems. I decided to put my beloved first book away (for now) and I started something new.

Even though the money thing sucked (it always does) and I have to start over saving for an editor, I found that this time gave me a chance to step  back and make something that could be my best work yet.

The third lesson in failure:  You are not alone.

It is easy to think that we are the only ones out there “sucking it up” (did I have a word quota on the word suck today?) but we really aren’t. When we are in a world where people only post the best of themselves it feels like we are falling behind. Remind yourself that everyone struggles. Maybe not in the same way but they have their own failures that they deal with. They also have to struggle and push through. Social media can be a good reminder to us that we only see the surface. I like to post both… My failures and my successes. I never know who it will encourage. One is to let them know that they are not alone and the other is that you can get past the struggle.

The fourth lesson in failure:  Somethings are out of your control, but you can make your own luck.

My friend once told me that if it wasn’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all! haha. I have to agree a bit. I’ve had a contractor make a roof that leaked but  he didn’t fix it so I had to pay for repairs. The front of my house started to sink. I got in a car accident. My dog had to get surgery and I was out of sorts for a month worrying about him. I then had to get surgery and I was scared. Then my husband got fired twice.

Let me tell you it has been a roller coaster.

There were days that I spent in bed. The days I let my depression win. Then there were the days were I got up and told myself that this wasn’t the end. I still had fight left within me.

I stood up for myself more and more. I was able to get the raise that I wanted and I was able to pitch an agent that wasn’t available to me. This took a lot out of me. I had to be a bit confrontational… And I’m not… at all.

But I realized there are somethings in life that I can prevent. I can stick up for. Somethings require money I don’t have (like a lawyer for the contractor on my roof) but I can’t let that negativity fill me anymore. I have to try and find ways to “make my own luck” because I know there are not going to be any handouts for me. ha!

 

Those are just a few things that are on my mind especially these last few months where I am starting a new series. I haven’t had the brain space to be very creative. As I start writing my fourth book I need to remember to just keep pushing forward.

This theme for the festival these next few days is about expressing ourselves. It has always been my goal to encourage you. I’m going to be going on a crazy journey in these next few months and I hope I’ll get to see you there next October when I publish my first book!

For now I’ll leave you with a bit of a teaser of my bookcover. (Sorry for the low quality screen shot of the cover…)

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This world is awesome and these characters are about to go forth and make a mess… Like all good characters should!

So in the end, go forth and fail!

Then get up and try again!

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A Father’s Love

The holiday’s are approaching and a sentimental feeling starts to come into my heart. These last few years have been hard and this year I have finally found a bit of sun. I want to take a moment to write about a short video that has given me inspiration.

I’m sure that you have heard of the music video “Shelter” if not please click the link and watch it. It came out a bit over a year ago and even now has over 26 million views on youtube and who knows how many on crunchyroll.

“Shelter tells the story of Rin, a 17-year-old girl who lives her life inside of a futuristic simulation completely by herself in infinite, beautiful loneliness. Each day, Rin awakens in virtual reality and uses a tablet which controls the simulation to create a new, different, beautiful world for herself. Until one day, everything changes, and Rin comes to learn the true origins behind her life inside a simulation. Original Story by: Porter Robinson Music: Porter Robinson and Madeon”

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I could rave all day about the art and the music. Without such expertise the video wouldn’t be what it is to millions of viewers. I want to talk about the story. The powerful story that was created in less than six minutes.

The focus for me was the building of the relationship between the Father and the Daughter. The protection and love that a parent has for their children. I can’t speak to a parent’s love as a parent but I can as a child.

Over the years I’ve seen all that my parents have done for me. They give up so much so that my struggle will lesson. We were by no means rich, but they always made sure that my siblings and I were provided for and that we had what we needed.ImpressionableCheerfulAzurewingedmagpie-small

The story shows the ultimate sacrifice of a Father’s love. We don’t see a mother in the picture and we can only assume what happens. I think having the single parent adds a lot to this story. His daughter is his world. It’s parents unspoken promise that they will protect their children no matter what. So he provides her shelter, the only thing he can give her at this point.

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When the earth is about to be destroyed he only saves her, not himself. He is asking this small child to trust in the promise he made as a father to her.

“And it’s a long way forward, so trust in me
I’ll give them shelter, like you’ve done for me
And I know, I’m not alone, you’ll be watching over us
Until you’re gone”

The visuals are all amazing but the most powerful moment is when the father stands alone after sending off his daughter. The look on his face. He can rest easy, he saved her and she will survive.

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There is no fear in his face. Only the love that a father has for his daughter.

I’m thankful for this story. It is a gift. Every time I feel like I don’t have what it takes to tell a story I take a moment and watch this powerful moment unfold.

There are many stories that I want to tell and when it comes to characters and their relationships I want to make them as powerful as this, A Father’s Love for their child.

I hope you all have a happy holiday and are able to hold someone close in your arms or heart.

Until next time Happy Watching 🙂