SO I’VE HAD THIS idea for the Hand of Rel for a long time. I’ve been writing and rewriting a book based on her adventures since I was 13. I self published a 500 page book at 21, and wrote 2 other books (each over 500 pages long) and finished out the trilogy. It was chaos, but I was proud of it. Then I put it away for a few years. I headed to college late, at 25 years old. I majored in Media Arts and Animation, and learned a lot about story telling, anatomy, animation, and drawing style. It changed my entire view of what I wanted for my story. It’s in college that I came up with the Hand of Rel.
I STARTED TO REWRITE the story, changing the themes, and refining the story to what it is today. I have two chapters to write, and I will be finished. I’ll be done, at least with the first book, soon. At long last. The next step is to look for an agent, or find some way to publish the book in some shape or form. In the meantime, since all of that is a long process, I am also bringing the story to life through comics, which I am in the works of posting up onto Tapastic. Because of the comic commission I have been working on, I am more confident in my ability to visually tell the story that’s been in my head for awhile. It will be stories that take place in the same timeline of the book, but not based on actual chapters. The comic will expand on the universe, and allow me to have fun with all the ideas.
MY ART IS SLOWLY growing, but truthfully it’s going nowhere, right now. As of the writing of this blog entry, I have 74 followers on Instagram. 304 subscribers and 8, 399 views on YouTube. 244 followers on Twitter. I abandoned Facebook and Tumblr because there was no interaction from followers and the sites became stagnant, even though I continued to post. In the grand scheme of the internet, this is nothing. I’m screaming into the darkness, trying to get my work noticed and it feels like no one is listening. It’s being drowned out by the chaos of everything better and worse than my work.
I’M HOPING THAT finishing my book means something. That it might be the start of something new. Of something beginning. This is a story that I have poured my life into. Literally. And I am trying to bring it to life with every talent that I have at my disposal. Writing. Drawing. Animating. I want to bring it to life. I want to finish.
AND WITH SOME LUCK, by the same time I read this again, next year, I’ll have moved forward. My book is done and published. The webcomic is posted and successful. I’ll be writing from the office of my own home. The numbers on my social media will have grown exponentially. And I’ll look back at this time and hopefully smile, because I know it’s behind me. I mean I see stories, animations, and artwork that are successful. That are making money. That are finished and reaching people. And I realize, if they can do it, why not me? So I’m going to do this.
PLEASE STAY TUNED. I have a lot of stories and surprises in store. I hope you like them. Because I must finish, now. I’m getting older. I’m running out of time. So no time like the present to finish one of my greatest life goals: finish my story. As always, I’m recording my writing journey, so that I can look back and see where I was, in order to tell how far I’ve progressed. And I am going to freaking progress. I am. I will!
I APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU that are taking this journey with me. If you’re reading this, following my work, and watching me struggle to succeed: Thank you. It means more to me than you will ever know. I don’t have a lot of support from family and friends, so I’m pretty much drifting through this alone. I have my wife, my brother, my kids, and a few family members that support me. I can count the amount of people that believe and support me on one hand. So, thank you, honestly and truly.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for reading! I’ll be back with another entry next Monday. Keep that imagination kicking! Please take care, you all rock. Cheers!
Currently listening to Believe by Imagine Dragons! I can’t get this song out of my head. Also, I heard Despacito with Justin Beiber by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yanke on the radio the other day for the first time, and I cannot stop bobbing my head and listening to it!