Friday, August 02, 2013
When I was 14, I used to write. A lot. I loved creating worlds. Using my characters to express my emotions. They stories were about kids, like me. Gay teenagers who wanted to find someone and somewhere to belong. Of course, not being out, I couldn't show my work to anyone. Then one day, I wrote a science fiction story. I was so very proud of it. I took it to my father to show him. He looked at my folder, and said, "What are you wasting your time on that $hit for? It's never going to amount to anything."
To me, at 14, that meant my father telling me I was never going to amount to anything. For years I stopped writing. Then one day I met someone who encouraged me to not give up. To keep going until my dream was realized. I present to you the cover to my book.
This post has a dual purpose. One: I'm very excited that something I wrote is actually going to be a real, honest to goodness paperback book with MY name on it.
Two: To show you that you should never give up on your dream. Only you define it. Don't let others do it for you. If they don't support you, find someone who will. You're VERY much worth the effort.