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Consequences

Reaching

Try to go through life without consequences.  It won’t happen.  You can’t have it.

So many things in life are trade-offs.  We seldom realize it, but every time we ask the questions, “Why don’t I have time?” “How did things end up like this?” “Why haven’t I accomplished enough?”, we already have the answer.  You trade being intellectual when you decide to browse social media instead of reading; you trade relationships every time you focus on your hobby; you trade time with God for countless, endless things, that you erroneously designate as more important.

However, the scary thing is, sometimes these trades make sense.  Sometimes they make so much sense that we don’t even know when to trade and when not to.  Sometimes we set aside time to workout; working out is a good thing.  But if we added up all the hours we spent working out, we realize that there days, weeks, months, years of time that could’ve been spent with a friend, a sibling, a parent, a lover.  And while we tend to always have working out, sometimes we don’t always have those relationships.

So working out isn’t a bad thing, but when does it start to feel like we’re just trading away our time for something that is less valuable?  Aren’t relationships more valuable?

Time.  Time is a keyword here.  You can’t go through life without consequences, and you can never get time back.  We’re constantly trying to save time, spend time, or kill time.  But it’s the one thing you never get back, and that’s what makes it so valuable.  How are you spending yours?  How many times could you stop wasting it, spending it idly, and instead give it to someone else?  Time can be a gift too.

Consequences.  They result from every choice we make.  An obvious statement, but sometimes we forget.  The consequence of how you choose to spend your time may not always be the one you want.  Well, what did you choose to get that consequence?  Consequences don’t always have to be bad things.  What consequences do you want?

Actions have consequences.  I don’t think we should live our lives only to create specific consequences.  I’m not a consequentialist, I’m a Kantian–we should be good for goodness’s sake.  But that doesn’t mean we should forget consequences.  We always have to be mindful of where we’re going.  Sometimes we have more control than we give ourselves credit for.

Trade-offs.  Time.  Consequences.

What are you doing with yours?

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The Power of Consistent Stats and How to Get Them

Mark Twain said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”  Well, sometimes your stats on WordPress can be that compliment.

Whether you’re promoting a business, a book, or you simply want to rant about whatever you’re passionate about, everybody loves the feeling of seeing your stats skyrocket.  Even better than that is seeing that your stats are consistent; you have people that keep coming back for more.  People who care.

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Don’t get me wrong; stats don’t mean everything.  You can have great stats but lack a vibrant community.  But receiving lots of traffic produces a positive effect in itself.

The question becomes, how do you ensure good stats–lots of traffic–and do it consistently?

The short, cop-out answer that some bloggers like to give is that there IS no method for successful blogging.  It’s all hit-or-miss.  Or you’re told “Just keep writing and be passionate and everything will work out.”  It’s like a Disney princess threw up or something.

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Snow White WOULD throw up rainbows and stars…

I’d like to argue that there ARE methods for successful blogging–a lot of us might be familiar with these techniques.  What might be lacking though is execution.  Either way, what keeps the fire going for me is my stats, and I’ve learned a few things in the stoking of that fire.

  1. Write about something that lots of people like or enjoy, but do it in a different way.  This involves finding your niche, but instead of just becoming a PART of the niche, you ADD something to it.  Not to talk about myself, but it’s ridiculous how many hits my post about the anime Fullmetal Alchemist still gets, even though I published it years ago.  Why?  Because tons of people like Fullmetal Alchemist, but I wrote about the series in a way that fans aren’t used to.  I ADDED to the discussion concerning the anime, instead of just joining the voices of all the adoring fans out there.
  2. Write about something that people can appreciate or find useful.  Helpful tips, personal experiences, and being controversial can garner a lot of attention.  Everyone likes a post that helps them or encourages them to see the world in a different way.
  3. See what other people are writing and what works for them.  It’s OK to be something of a copycat–it’s how we learn.  Especially in the field of writing and blogging.  The more you read, the better a writer you become.  Similarly, the more you study successful blogs, the more you’re able to fashion your own blog in a successful manner.

These are my methods for getting consistent stats—what are yours?  Do you agree or disagree?  As always, I want to know, what do you think?

 

Looking for New People to Follow

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No, not looking for new FOLLOWERS (although that’s always welcome), I’m looking for new people to FOLLOW.

Recently, I’ve discovered that a lot of the people I follow have stopped blogging and vanished.  That, or I really just don’t follow a lot of people to begin with.

Either way, I’m bored 🙂

I love blogs about writing, publishing, fantasy, anything of that sort.  If you feel like your blog is a good fit for me, introduce yourself in the comment section and I’d be happy to check out your blog.  Don’t be shy!

My Double Personality as a Writer

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Sometimes when I sit down to write, I just expect the words to appear.  It’s like I’m staring at someone else’s book.  The words that are already there aren’t my own.  I didn’t write them…or if I did, it was a different version of myself.  A version that I am currently not.  And so I wait for that version to reemerge, because it’s the only version I trust to write my stories.

Sounds kind of creepy, doesn’t it?  It’s as if there are two of me.  There is the one that writes, and then the one that waits.  The one that waits tends to be the one in control.  Because I spend SO much time waiting for my writing-self to come out; then I realize that I’m just waiting.  Then I accuse myself of laziness.  Then comes the anxiety.  And then I’m in a mood where I couldn’t possibly write.  So I’m back at square one again…waiting.

Of course, when the writing-self does come out, everything is suddenly alive.  Suddenly, I am powerful.  High on imagination, pulsating like fire, I’m unstoppable.  The words flow without cessation, pouring out perfectly, like everything was designed by God.  Perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself, but that’s what it feels like.

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What it feels like to be in the “zone”

Do you struggle with a similar double personality as a writer?  How do you triumph over the “waiting-self” that we all have?  What do you do to boost your confidence and your drive?  What gets you in the zone?  Feel free to share in the comments.  I’m all about helping other writers here 😉

The Darkness Within is Now Live!!!

Yes ladies and gentlemen, that is correct!  As promised, the second book in my fantasy series, Elithius, has been published, and is currently available for only $0.99 TODAY ONLY.  The same goes for the first book in my series.  That’s only $1.98 for two full sized novels.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

And did I mention that it’s my birthday???

In case you didn’t know, what’s Elithius about?

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Cover art by Elizabeth M

Here’s the back-cover blurb for the first book:

His parents abandon him when he’s thirteen. He’s left to care for his little brother and sister. Life is tough. Things can’t seem to get any worse.

But then Evil Itself breaks down the door. It kidnaps his siblings. And It leaves him bleeding out on the floor of his own home.

The Golden Lands, one of the Three Worlds of Elithius, is supposed to be a place of light, peace and happiness. But the Golden Lands hasn’t been such a place for John Hedekira, a jaded, hot-headed sixteen-year-old. Joined by his friends Faith Pinck and Bernard Tanner, John must rescue his brother and sister from their captors…before his siblings can be sacrificed to the ominous God of Death.

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Cover art by Elizabeth M

And here’s the back cover blurb for the second book!

John Hedekira and his friends must venture into the Gray Lands in order to rescue John’s sister, Cassie. Upon entering the Gray Lands, they make new friends…and new enemies. Before they know it, they are thrown into the middle of a raging war, in which loyalties and friendships will be tested, darker and more heinous powers will challenge them…and souls will be ripped apart.

The adventures of John and his friends have only begun.


Once again, that’s both my books for only $1.98 TODAY ONLY!  Don’t miss out!

As always, I’d like to thank all of you for your continued support.  It’s been a long journey writing two books, and I’ve been so blessed to share this with you.  I truly believe that you’re all wonderful people and it’s been a pleasure getting to know all of you and experience the blogosphere with each of you.  To many more years, I hope!

-Dom

Rise Up

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Get off the ground.

Pain is temporary.  And if it’s not, that’s okay too.  No pain is meaningless.   It doesn’t have to be.

You don’t have to live this way.  You don’t have to be afraid.  You don’t have to be frustrated.  Let your feelings drive you.

Stand up.  It’s a new day.

Get off the ground.  Rise up.

Do something with your life.  And do it for someone else.  Stop acting like your life is your own, because it’s not.  When we think our lives are our own, we start to think it’s okay to be lazy.  We start to think it’s okay to be complacent.

Your life is not your own.  It’s meant to be given to someone else.  It’s a paradox of life, but it’s what makes life beautiful.

Let your feelings drive you.  Let the pain be for someone else.

Rise up, my friends.  Our lives are not our own.