Where have I been these past few months? Well, paying my dues, of course! Between family, a 9 to 5 at the Library and finishing up prior deadlines, and the start of a new novel (Spoiler? Ok, ok, I’ll give you a title, ‘Everyone You Have Ever Loved Is Mine’. Cool, right? I know!), I have been very busy. But the one thing I never forget to do is pay those dues. Who am I paying them to? Do I owe someone? Will someone break my legs if I don’t pony up? Here is a quote that I hope helps some of you out there. It’s from the master of paying dues, Stephen King, from his magnum opus DIY book aptly entitled ‘On Writing’ (If you haven’t read this, what are you waiting for?):
“There is a muse, but he’s not going to come fluttering down into your writing room and scatter creative fairy-dust all over your typewriter or computer. He lives in the ground. He’s a basement kind of guy. You have to descend to his level, and once you get down there you have to furnish an apartment for him to live in. You have to do all the grunt labor, in other words, while the muse sits and smokes cigars and admires his bowling trophies and pretends to ignore you. Do you think it’s fair? I think it’s fair. He may not be much to look at, that muse-guy, and he may not be much of a conversationalist, but he’s got inspiration. It’s right that you should do all the work and burn all the mid-night oil, because the guy with the cigar and the little wings has got a bag of magic. There’s stuff in there that can change your life. Believe me, I know.”
Thanks, Stephen. Great quote. And just in case you are worried, my legs will be fine. It’s complicated, I know, so I will sum it up with a personal reflection: Every word I get down, every page I finish, every rejection letter I receive, brings me closer and closer to my yearly goals. Luckily, it’s starting to become a way of life. This is a good thing. I WANT to pay my dues, I CRAVE it, because when I finish something (don’t matter what it is), I feel validated.
Validation is good.
So, I leave you with some advice… How do you pay dues? (Like the King quote wasn’t enough, pfft). Easy, just write (or do whatever you do in your chosen field). Get it down, put in the time, sit the ass down and write. No other way around it. Oh, and coffee. That helps. Maybe tea, if you must. I take mine with two sugars, thanks.
One more thing before I go. I hate long winded speeches, so I’ll cut out short tonight but not before leaving you all with some links to check out (You should know me by now, I wouldn’t leave you hanging).
4o oz. of Horror Pod Cast
Here is one of my favorite Horror podcast. It’s not about the written word (Well somtimes it is); it’s all about the movies… HORROR MOVIES! So download it and dig in becuase it’s FREE! www.40ozofhorror.com
…and here is my favorite horror magazine, hands down! They also rep Don D’Auria and Samhain Publishing! Go, Horrorhound, go! www.horrorhound.com
Alright, see you when I see you. Time to pay the piper and get my ass back in that seat!