Motivation Monday: Halloween Edition

Maybe it’s the time of the year.

Maybe it’s because I haven’t posted anything in over a week and I needed to stretch out and do something before I lose more followers.

Maybe it’s because I re-opened my t-shirt shop with a couple of new designs, and one of them was a design that I’ve been preparing for a couple of months, but it wasn’t completely finished until I found a technique that woke it up a little bit and I’m probably going to reapply this technique on future designs.

Like it? Buy it here.

Maybe it’s because I could stop saying to myself, “It’s only a matter of time before they reboot this” when I recently heard the news that they are finally remaking The Crow. My only hope is that they will be closer to the source material this time. Nothing against the movie, I had the movie adaptation on video. Watched it so much that the tape broke.

Maybe it’s all these things that prompted me to make today’s post, but since it the season for all things horrifying (Ebola hysteria notwithstanding), I thought this quote was particularly motivational.

“The Crow” was an independent comic produced in the late 80s. It’s a dark series involving darker characters and even darker story line that was inspired by truly unfortunate and even darker, real events. I’ll spare any spoilers for the one or two of you who haven’t read it yet. I will say that the antagonist of the story isn’t the most virtuous of souls. He is, however, one of the most tortured. Vengeance does that to a guy…especially for a guy that just came back from the dead to kill the people that killed him and his fianc√©…

Anyway, today’s motivation quote appears at the end of the book, as the hero returns to the afterlife reunited with his beloved. This quote has always stuck with me. First, in a paint-my-fingernails-black-and-listen-to-The-Cure-while-I-lock-myself-in-my-room kind of way. But later, especially in these days of striking out on my own, I’ve reinterpreted it as a way of saying, “it ain’t over, till it’s over”.

Nothing is over until you say it is. Nothing. Not your life, your love, your wisdom, your empathy. Nothing. Yes they may come with bullets and crude weapons, they may come with a “cease and desist”, they may come and liquidate your entire department while promising you that if another position opens up, you’ll be the first in line and then 8 months later, advertise for that position in the want ads and “forget” to CALL YOU AND OFFER IT TO SOMEONE ELSE. ARE YA HAPPY, YA BASTARDS?!!!

….sorry….

While you still draw breath, you still have a chance. Poker players refer to this as “a chip and a chair“; so long as you have those two things, you still have a shot at the jackpot. It ain’t over till it’s over. Don’t give up. You still have a shot and so long as you are still walking and talking, you have a chance. You’re not dead yet.

It’s only death if you accept it…

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Upon Suddenly Finding More Time on my Hands

I’ve been feeling particularly dry this weekend. I know that this isn’t saying much because I’m not the most steadfast when it comes to updating. A booze tinged temper tantrum that lasted a couple of years is one thing. Gaining momentum and then slamming on the brakes because I just plain ran out of things to say is something completely different. One thing has nothing to do with the other…

…okay, so it does.

But honestly, two weeks ago, I was laid off and now I have oodles of time on my hands. Normally I’d be freaking out because, y’know, THE END IS NIGH! NOBODY LIKES ME BECAUSE I HAVEN’T GOT HIRED YET! The last couple of times that this happened, I spent at least two months with my heart in my throat. This time around, I’m kind of over it. This time around, I’m going to find some time to nurture some of the things I would have rather been doing had I not been punching a time clock. Things like writing, like starting my own business, like networking, like becoming part of society and well, like blogging.

I know it’s important to write anything done because it’s good practice. I’ve heard this over and over again. I get it. But if I blog about my breakfast every other day, I honestly don’t think I’ll be seriously regarded as a “Content Provider”. I mean, not like I am now. Friday hit, and I felt dry. Everything that needed to be done got done. I sat down at my computer and nothing. Just nothing. Nothing to share. Nothing to talk about. I had it in my head to crawl back under the covers. For the next two days.

Tonight, upon suddenly finding more time on my hands, I did what I usually do and make myself fall asleep while Stumbling. Then I found this. Now I have something to do for a few days. I have about five days to write 1000 word story around the title: “Dog Star God.”

I don’t usually build a story around a title, but I’m a sucker for these types of challenges and I haven’t played this game in a while. Besides…

…it’s not like I have anything else to do…

This is gonna be fun.

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