World Read, Mentally Fed
I know for most other authors, having their stories read around the world is something kind of commonplace for them. I'm guessing. For me though, it's not a small feat by any means. I love to see the comprehensive reports for my eBook sales and see the different areas that have downloaded them.
I wish more than anything, that I could visit these places and meet the people who have read them to ask if they enjoyed them. What were their thoughts on my little girl Trinity and her friends? Did the stories give them the chills? Excitement? Hope?
It's not merely being read around the world that I love so much as crossing cultural barriers. The norms in our society might be abnormal in another places. However, it gives them a glimpse into another world. The one I created on my pages.
Originally, I published Trinity as a writing credit for the sake of gaining a following so that I could perhaps make my writing as a way of earning a living. And I still have high hopes for that. Also, Trinity and her world was on the threshold of large social changes in the United States. Some of which are going to be reflected in future stories as I go on about my writing.
I've seen a lot of those same issues crop up again in recent years with racial tension and bigotry. I wasn't alive when the first civil rights movement was in swing, but I am alive for what people are calling the second civil rights movement. Our history has been influenced by great figures, one of whom I mentioned was Martin Luther King Jr.
His approach to the social injustices of the time was a strategy called "Civil Disobedience." Basically, in a non-violent way they would disregard a law that was inherently morally wrong. "Passive Resistance" is another technique in which people will not cooperate, peacefully in falling in line with societal expectations.
Today, it seems that the new civil rights movement has lost this precious philosophy of demonstrating that they deserve respect by doing no harm. And that can probably be inferred from the "fast food" culture we have given rise to that expects instant gratification.
I've been rejected by more publishing agents and publishers than I am willing to count. However, I am not discouraged because I believe that one day I will receive acceptance from someone. I have to be patient, and learn to be more patient for the big changes. Additionally, I have to be patient for my books to begin making sales. I use my books to teach valuable lessons to children, but also to parents. We are raising the future of our society and if lessons and teachings of our history haven't been taken seriously the we aren't doom to repeat our mistakes.
In fact, we are doomed to face similar situations without any idea of handling it properly from the history of our fore-bearers. So, if we can't take history seriously anymore then I will bring those lessons into the present with my books. Our revered social pioneers who fought for social equality and justice deserve to be remembered. Their lessons, achievements and mistakes, deserve to be practices. I can't jostle the memory of our society, but maybe I can pass on those lessons to the next generation through the intention of the goodness of spirit that I write my Trinity series.
"I'm going to change the world gradually with ideas, rather than use violence to undermine my message of peace." Erich C. Davis
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