Destroy Fate & Stay Strong

“If fate doesn’t exist then maybe you should give its power to things that do exist.” – Devlyn James

That’s the quote I put up on the fanpage yesterday.

I’m going to put up quotes every few days here and there. But I wanted to start with this one, not just because it’s at the begining of the novel – but because this is the heart of it.

This is 1/3 of what I’m saying when I say “Stay Strong”.

Fate, is a cop out. Fate is releasing control of your life to the whims of the world. And I do not hold to that. Man is a creature of free will (God or not), we are beasts of self preservation and beyond that self advancement. All those roadblocks we set up for ourselves. That’s us letting fate control the game.

I sit here struggling with this second by second, as I’m trying very hard to achieve what may now be a very antiquated dream.

When I was a child the dream was “be a novelist” which meant “have your books on the shelves of bookstores nationwide”

The internet has, if not completely, nullified the value of that dream. While it’s still possible, while it’s still eventually attainable – is it the bar I should hold myself to?

If I woke up one day and a 100,000 people had my book on their laptop. kindle, nook, iPad, alex reader, whatever – would I feel unvalidated because it wasn’t in a single Border’s?

If a million people listened to a podcast of me reading the book out loud – would I think it was a quaint event?

Surely I wouldn’t. I would be overwhelmed, in awe, shocked.

I know this because when my DIY Video slowly lurched it’s way in to the million view mark on youtube I called my best friend Nic unsure how to even feel.

So while I continue to lock myself into the thought that “it has to be a physical thing on bookshelves” I’m giving into a fatalistic roadblock of dealing with the long hard process of traditional media, and it’s time to give that power to something else.

So next time you find yourself stressed, think “It can’t be done” – flip it. Turn it over. Destroy it, burn it, and recreated it. – It can be done.

-Stay Strong
Sam Proof


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