Word of the Day: Braggadocious
Good News: I got published!
If you’re out and about, and you see a slick booklet of short stories called Ghost Town Issue 3, please buy it. It contains a piece I’ve tweaked since college about some crazy times had in Seward, Alaska. The incessant tweaking paid off – got my first publishing – now what?
This is what:
Pimpin’ Aint Easy
I’m about to get a little mushy here…
When I started this blog a few months back, I never imagined it would amount to much of anything – it was literally a means to get over a crippling fear of having strangers read my words. Bottom line.
Since that first anxiety-riddled day I pressed ‘publish’, I’ve had over 20,000 visitors from 130 some countries, and somehow tricked a few hundred people into following this thing. The experience (so far, it can still crash and burn) has been an alleviation, a therapy, an ultimate confidence boost, enabling me to get down to the nitty-gritty of my life passion; writing.
I’ve been crazy busy in career/life recently, and haven’t been able to properly thank everyone, and spend the time perusing the blogs of new faces around here. I promise, I want to/and will read all your blogs – and as the regulars here know, I will respond to every single comment, even if I’m horribly wine drunk and you don’t want me to. I will.
So, I wanted to pimp some pages, reciprocate the love/inspirado given to me. Please, go to these sites below Terrence Howard. They’re a mish-mash of comedy, travel, and goodness.
Sweet Mother – Moms was the first person I followed in the blogosphere. Always hilarious; she writes so much good stuff it makes me feel like a stripped down Ben Folds to her Liberace of funny.
Brigitte’s Banter – One of my first followers, always amazing, always responding, and does some very funny, motivational postings. She was freshly pressed a month or so ago, well deserved.
Where’s My Toothbrush – Great travel blog – funny, informative, and she likens some travel in India to Wes Anderson movies – you win, Toothbrush.
Imonthebandwagon – Jowitt doesn’t post much, but when he (or she, but most likely he) does; it’s comic gold. Follows/transcribes conversations of a famous British Band. But it’s not the Beatles, or Supergrass, or Radiohead…..hmm.
Someone Fat Happened – Maggie O’C is a newer friend. Refreshingly honest, amazing blogger. Funny as hell.
No I will Not Carry That Rock – Also a new friend – Alisa G – badass, Coloradoan, hiker, teaching her child the same badassitude.
The Adventures of Dr. – If I could be serious for five seconds, this is how I would want my site to look – beautiful photography, great storytelling; his recent post on Cuba was inspiring.
Free Penny – Slick looking site, Free Penny always has thought-provoking work. Need to spend more time over there, you should too.
My Friend, Mark
Last but not even close to least, that picture at the opening. What the hell is that? Some guy? Well, that’s my friend Mark Pagan. The very talented writer/director/improv-comedian.
To preface, 2012 was dubbed the ‘year of doing’, or YOD, in the Roam About homestead but the other day I was feeling a bit unmotivated, not knowing what to write, whilst smacking my head against the table intermittently staring at the picture below.
Since we last crossed paths over a year ago at Sundance (future post), Mark been continually posting videos on YouTube where he chooses a song, goes to a public place, and dances to said song. Most intriguing of these videos is not necessarily Mark’s dancing style, but people’s reactions or lack there of to some dude gettin’ down.
One particular video he posted has stuck with me; I’ve watched the damn thing near thirty times. It’s fun, innocent, simply…perfect. I’m not going to tell you about it, I’ll just let you watch it, but the video made me realize the only person stopping me from being creative, constantly traveling, dancing down a grocery store aisle, is me.
The ‘not at this time’, the rejection letters, the ‘no-response’, they absolutely mess with the ego, ruin the day, but they can’t stop you or me or anyone from getting up and f*cking trying, and doing what we love.
Sometimes it takes inspiration from a friend to remind of this, like the video below. Sometimes, you just gotta groove. Thanks, Mark. -Mike
Stayed tuned for some Roam About/Con Chocolate video collaborations. Coming very soon.