Alright, so I am currently trying to win the contest that’s happening athttps://tablo.io/ to gain a publishing contract. The contest is based on how many people go to Tablo and register (for free) and subscribe to my book, as well as read it. They measure the analytical aspects and the top three with the highest and best rated novel wins the chance to be picked up by a publishing company.
If you can only access it from mobile, there’s a mobile app called Tablo Reader, available for iOS and Android that you can download.
It’ only 3.07 MB and you can access the book from there too. It is also free.
All I ask is that you help me with this. I’ve never won anything a day in my life, and winning this (even if it is just this once) would make everything turn around.
You don’t have to pay for anything. All you have to do is read. Here’s what you do:
1. Go to Tablo.io
2. Sign up (again it’s free!)
3. Search for Ezra Zydan
4. Subscribe to the Tales of the Firewing novel, currently in progress
5. Keep up with the updates (I will post about those as soon as I update more)
Journalister is finally 100% live!
I’ve been busy updating stories and publishing works on the site left and right.
I’ll be short here, because I have more work to do for it later, but for now you can check out these specific works that will be linked below:
Public Beta is Now Open!
Everyone can use the site now, so make sure to share this post with your friends and family and anyone who wants to try their hand at writing!
Public Beta means there might be some bugs, which can easily be reported in the Contact Us section of the site. Nothing monetary will take place yet, because the payment system is still being written. But this is a perfect time to get accustomed to the site, and fill out your Bio and collection of stories! Share them with everyone! Anyone can access the site and set up an account now.
So, I had a book signing yesterday. It was my first one ever, and man did I have fun doing it. I didn’t know what to expect. It’s difficult to engage a situation head-on with no idea on how to go about it. That’s what I did yesterday. My librarian, Mrs. Johnson set up this entire thing, and it went over well enough that they may want me to go on a local tour of the college campuses as a speaker. A perfect cherry on top of the cake I ate today.
I’m going to become a lot more open about supporting my school, because they have gone to lengths I didn’t imagine would happen to support me.
You know how little kids feel when they’ve had a long, exciting day?
Today was exactly that for me.
Thank you for the support.
I am happiest in my elements, and my elements happen to be speaking and reading.
This was a fantastic opportunity, and I’m grateful to Lynda Dickinson for giving me the chance to talk about this.
Here’s a haiku on what I learned from yesterday’s foray into the public eye for the first time:
Life is a journey.
Fleeting, wondrous, lovely-
Fun times, friend.
“Life hands you different plans than the one you had before. You were linked to some interesting people kid, and while they were nice, they were only temporary fun. It’s time to find your place in life, and that means no more of this ridiculous idea that you know what love is. Love is startling; it starts out differently for each person, but it almost always ends up tickling their heart. I say tickling because that scared feeling of joy that comes when you find your soul mate… There’s no other way to explain it. You’ll find love in this cycle. Remember, love is unexpected. Love is the truth. Love is intelligence, and the reason I lived for you. Now go forth, my child. Spread the word.”
– Gaea, Tales of the Firewing: In Gaea’s Favor
Well, I was originally scared that people would react negatively to the whole “Hey, I’m a local author. Would you care to indulge in something new to read?” thing, but it went over a lot better than I thought it would.
I am so elated. I have more dates booked as an author than I expected to; I have an interview that will be published in the newspaper and circulate online at some point.
They all reacted so well to the cover of the book that I may do a spread with the woman on the cover. She doesn’t want to be a model, but she said she’s willing to assist me with this entire project. I have such amazing friends and they all support me so much in this that it makes my heart hurt.
No, that’s not a euphemism. It literally makes my heart hurt to think about it because it’s so… unreal.
I’ll keep pushing forward. Anything is possible if you put your heart into it.
I don’t normally look up to anyone, because I don’t want to model myself as another person. I’d rather be remembered for being myself, instead of a carbon copy of a certain person. I think that if I were put on the spot with that age old question (Who do you look up to?) I would probably answer Dame Maggie Smith or Robert Downey Jr.
I say Dame Maggie because she’s been an integral force in the acting business for decades, and has shown no signs of slowing down at all. Even while she was working on the Harry Potter series, she went through chemo for breast cancer, and still somehow managed to work through the filming of the entire thing. She has to be one of the strongest women I’ve ever seen on-screen.
Why Robert Downey Jr.? He started his acting career modestly, as Ian in the film Weird Science (which I hear they’re trying to remake as an edgier comedy). When his career began to take off, he fell into legal troubles with drugs and the like, and everyone was certain that that was the beginning of the end of his career. Mel Gibson was the one person that decided to take a gamble on him acting again, and it worked out well for everyone in the end, because without that chance we may have had Tom Cruise or Matt Damon as Iron Man. That’s in the past, but I still think that it would have been odd to see, considering the uncanny likeness Downey had to the character all together. Anyhow, the career died and was reborn like a phoenix rising from the ashes. That’s essentially why I enjoy seeing him work, and I consider him a hero of mine.
Would I model myself after these two? To a point. Perseverance is key in building a career. If you’re not willing to work hard, then you don’t need to work at all.