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aaron woodside
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0 posted 03-02-2006 01:56 PM       View Profile for aaron woodside   Email aaron woodside   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for aaron woodside

So...I really like to write.  It doesn't matter what.  Poetry, short stories, movie scripts, a novel I'm working on.  I just love to write and I write all the time, it's never a problem or a chore to sit down and write.  It's what I want to do for a living and it's honestly the only thing I can see myself being happy doing for a living.

Right now I work for a consulting firm doing computer system design and I hate it.  It's not that it's hard or even boring, it's that I find it meaningless.  But that's ok, it's just a job for now.

The problem comes now that I actually have a shot at something.  I am writing a comic book for a major comic book company with one of their leading artists who selected me to write with him based off some of my short stories.  Writing comic books is not exactly what I wanted but it's writing and it's fun.  It's a chance to get my stuff out there and may lead to other oppourtunities. But I can't write.  I'm afraid that if I mess this up, I'll end up working at this job I can't stand for the rest of my life and the more I worry, the more I procrastinate and that just ensures that my chance of failing grows.  Or I'm afraid that I might be successful and then my whole life changes from the comfortable, if boring, little haven I've built myself and as much as I want and like to think about that, it's kind of scary to know that success or a chance at success is within your grasp.

So I don't know what to do.  I want to write, I need to write, but I can't write because I'm afraid.

Aaron Woodside

They say the sweet is never as sweet without the sour.  So where's my sweet?

Huan Yi
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1 posted 03-02-2006 07:29 PM       View Profile for Huan Yi   Email Huan Yi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Huan Yi

Imagine your last day looking back.
What do you want to see?

Poet deVine
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2 posted 03-02-2006 07:31 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

I believe everything happens for a've been given this opportunity, so take it and your life will change one way. Don't take it and your life will change another...either way things will change. Just don't NOT do something that you may regret later...

Keep us updated as things evolve!
Member Caelestus
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3 posted 03-02-2006 08:33 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I actually have a shot at something.
  Heck of a lot better than not having a shot at anything.

What do you have to lose?

And that, m'friend, is a serious question.  What DO you have to lose, in following your dream, provided, of course, you give it some serious inspection.
Local Rebel
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4 posted 03-02-2006 11:51 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

If you don't write because you're afraid THEN you'll wind up in that crappy job you don't want.

The thing to really fear isn't messing up -- it's never messing up.  Sometimes your mistakes will bring your greatest success -- who put thier chocolate in my peanut butter?  
Member Rara Avis
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5 posted 03-03-2006 12:19 AM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

Pressure sucks.

I know a little something about the comic book industry, and even wrote and illustrated a short-lived series called FemForce for an underground publisher in the late Seventies. Indeed, with widespread broadband finally becoming a reality, I've actually considered doing an on-line comic book. I'm explaining this so you'll better understand when I say ...

It's just a comic book. The absolute best you can expect is that you'll be asked to do another one. The worst you can expect is you won't be asked. Neither the best nor the worst is going to change your life nor destroy your dreams. It's just a comic book.

Relax and have a bit of fun with it. Five years from now, you won't even think about it. And thirty years from now (has it really been that long?), you may remember it fondly but still not be at all surprised to discover no one else remembers it at all.

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6 posted 03-03-2006 04:39 PM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

Our worst enemy is FEAR and it appears you're aware of that.  Get your mind off YOU and concentrate on how to make this comic book really interesting to read.  I'll bet it'll make you a winner regardless of how well the comic book goes over.  Much luck to you.

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