Universal Bravery

universeThere’s nothing to fear but fear itself. Did Churchill say that? It’s one of those quotes we all know and bandy about but don’t ever remember who should be attributed.

You can have what you want, Silver, if you brave what you fear and do what you can.

Game on,
The Universe
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Pretty soon, Silver, you’re going to completely run out of things to fear. Seriously.

I’m still new enough into this year to still be reflecting on last year. 2014 wasn’t as scary as 2013 in some ways, and far worse in others. I think the big sticking point was whether or not I could be a successful hybrid author. It was close, but I managed to eek out two self-pubbed books at the end of the year. I’ve also set a massive schedule for myself this year. Dream big or go home, right? That’s the way I want to roll, even though it means I go to bed at night tied up in knots–and not in a sexy way. 😉 I’m getting over my fear of juggling. I’m getting over my fear of marketing (even though I still suck majorly at it!). But dear Universe? Trust me when I say, I will never completely run out of things to fear. I’m a writer. It’s coded into our DNA.

So lets get down and dirty. What do you fear?

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About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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6 Responses to Universal Bravery

  1. I find that if I don’t think about the things I fear, I’m better off. If I start dwelling on them, they can get crippling. But in the interest of answering your question, I’m totally afraid that I’ll pay all this money to self-publish and the book will bomb. And if it bombs, that will make me too afraid to publish the next book. And so on, etc. Or even worse, that I’ll finally succeed and drop over dead before I can enjoy any of it. (Which actually happened to a writer I knew – one day she posted about sending her book off and she was so excited, and the next day she had a fatal heart attack.)

    Yeah, the Universe doesn’t understand that writers can always come up with new things to fear. It goes hand in hand with the job. ;o)

    • Silver James says:

      If you recoup your expenses, the first book is a success, okay? Keep that in mind. And then publish the next book and the next book. With each book that comes out, your readership expands. They’ll pick up the 3rd book, love it, and go buy the first two. Now you’ve been warned so there’s nothing to fear. 🙂

      Right? Right! 😀

  2. Ashlynn says:

    You did set some lofty goals for yourself. But that’s alright…you totally rock. You do so much, to push yourself to the next level you have to reach big. You’re a doer, Silver and a I love that about you! 🙂

    I’m scared of a lot of things, but the biggest fear I have at the moment, is FUEL coming out in three weeks and I’m terrified it sucks pond water. Like, hahahah, did you really think this DRIVEL was good enough to publish? o.O I’m not worried about making the money back I spent on this baby or selling a million copies…I just don’t want it to suck. I mean, sure, I expect a few bad reviews but please, oh please, don’t let it really BLOW CHUNKS.

    Is that too much to ask????

    And we don’t want to go into all the other fears I have. The Monster scares the literal crap outta me and B.E….. don’t think I haven’t thought, SURELY I won’t have a STROKE on the day FUEL releases. (AGAIN) My luck can’t be that bad. Surely? — Okay, yeah, Jan 29 terrifies for the other, obvious reason.

    Please, please, no stroke on that day, too!

    • Silver James says:

      The bad reviews make the good reviews more legit. Or some I’ve been consoled. LOLOL Bad reviews still suck but you put on your thick skin, ignore them, and remember all the people who loved your work! And you can write, girl, so don’t sweat it! Let me know what I can do to help pimp you. 😉

  3. ban says:

    Simple … freezing to death up here in the NE!!!!!!!!! I fear never being able to move to Hawaii, where I can finally thaw out and live the life my cold-blooded body was designed for.

    Seriously though, if you want me to dredge up the stuff I keep hidden in the basement of my mind then – I fear getting stuck in a loop and never finishing this story (though it is my resolution to do so), I fear I’m not as good as I want to be and when it comes time to show my story to people (other than my writing partners and beta readers) they are gonna bury me so far under a pile of things they think I should change I won’t want to come out, I fear the publishing and marketing process, which seems far more complicated than it should be.
    I fear being a total failure … but I guess you can’t even be a failure if you don’t try …

    • Silver James says:

      Gee, Ban…you must be a writer! 😀 We ALL fear those things. Then we suck it up and keep going because we’re…writers. It’s like The Librarians (TNT show). We do what needs to be done. We’re driven to tell stories, miserable when we aren’t. Publishing is a crazy world and no, it isn’t easy. But if it was, would it mean so much? Rejection is part of the deal. But so is acceptance.

      As a side note, I’m not the same writer as the one when I first stared. I’ve learned my craft–still am–and written thousands of lousy words. I learned to make them better, tighter, more descriptive. It’s a process. And with each chapter written, each book finished, and each revision/edit, we hone our words, the story, the characters, the storytelling. We get better. We move forward. Because going backwards? That sucks. Don’t fall into that trap.

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