Sorry I haven’t posted in a while but I’ve been slammed with putting the finishing touches on the set up of the first book in the Jupiter Chronicles series titled, The Secret of the Great Red Spot which can be pre-ordered here.
I’ve also just started on the framework for the sequel titled, The Ice Orphan of Ganymede and setting up the art contest which we can share with you when it’s ready but just to give you a glimpse, we’ll be asking for artwork from kiddos grades 1-5 for inclusion in the 2nd book. Stay tuned for details!
Finally, I’ve written a guest post for Science Fiction and Other ODDities which you can see here.
The Lesson of Henry Ford
I’m not quite sure why this happens but every year around the time that San Diego Comic-Con comes around I get sorely depressed. I used to love watching it live on G-4 but it’s become increasingly difficult. Oh, please don’t get me wrong. It’s not because I disagree with anything about the Con. It’s way worse than that.
I’m simply upset that I can’t go. I’ll be glad to admit that feeling this way is probably a bit childish on my part and I don’t mind being transparent about it because there’s always a lesson to be learned in our hardships.
Let me also state that I am not jealous of the success of others. That would be flat out lazy of me which I am not. I simply get upset because I wish that I was further along in my writing career that I could easily afford to go. Cons are a blast. I thoroughly enjoy Geek Media Expo which is here in town (and yes, I will be there) but it’s always been my dream to be an exhibitor at San Diego Comic-Con and although I shouldn’t feel this way (and it’s flat out wrong for me to feel this way) there is a part of me that feels like I haven’t worked hard enough or that I have failed. It may be human of me to feel this way but it doesn’t mean that I have to accept it.
That’s where Henry Ford comes in.
Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he succeeded. I can’t imagine losing everything once let alone five times. I can’t imagine the doubts and questions he may have struggled with. Questions like, Am I doing the right thing? What benefit will this bring anybody? What is this doing to my family?
Questions like these haunt anyone who is trying to start a business, write a book or even start a blog. Sometimes it even goes beyond that and the desire to quit starts to rear its ugly head. When that happens, (at least for me) the fear of giving up scares me even more and then the words of Henry Ford (thankfully) slap me in the face.
“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” Henry Ford
Well, today is a new day and I’m choosing to begin again. I’ll choose to be happy where I am today. I have a loving wife and a beautiful daughter. But in the midst of that I’m choosing to take each day as one small step until the dream is realized.
And then I’ll have some chocolate cake.
Leonardo Ramirez is an author of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Please visit http://leonardoverse.com and sign up for the blog.
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