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It's been a long haul to get here. And I'm just getting started. This, is only the first. Two books are coming pretty quickly after this. Well, an Anthology and a book.
I started trying to get published back just after I got out of the University and simply never got anywhere with it. It's odd too, because if you knew what I went through and how close I came to things taking off several times over the years, well, it's suprising it never happened. Once I get things going, if someone says, "overnight success", I'm going to shoot myself.
Years later, I tried again and spent a lot of money (it was a lot to us, new family, working two half time jobs) to get one story finally published in a magazine. But sometimes our biggest hurdles are the ones closest to us. We didn't have much money back then and my wife (at the time) was annoyed at my spending money and time on sending out stories, making copies, postage and all that. So I stopped at the time. Every so often over the years, I would try again.
Sometimes good things came of it, however. For two years, I got an unpaid position working with a production company as a writer and although I never got anything on screen, I got experience working with Producers and well, that was indeed valuable. It's good to get used to feeling your guts torn out by work that is considered unacceptable. One has to remember in that situation, if you are qualified, it's not that it is bad work, just the wrong work, or not what they are looking for. You pick up, and continue on. But it only lasted two years for reasons with in the studio and not me.
The internet has been a great help now a days. Three years ago I started writing full time again (working around my full time job) and I've made a lot of new friends and connections and gotten published again a few times.
And this time, I'm not going to let anything stop me. This, is just the beginning.
I'm working on my anthology this weekend. I'll let you know when it is ready. My writings are different (or so I've been told), someone said I have a unique style (one can only hope). That works against you too, until you get enough people who understand where you are coming from. So, we will see how that goes. And, I'm still writing my screenplays.
Thanks to those of you who have been so supportive.