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An Important Lesson

Jeffrey Channing Wells

Learning to Fly

An Important Lesson

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Learning to Fly
This seems obvious at first blush, but I think it's only just starting to sink in:

You can be talented, and work hard and well at something. You can push yourself to the point of emotional turmoil, actually crying with emotion at the words you are writing as you are writing them. You can take hours off of your day job, the thing that pays the bills, in a desperate attempts to codify in words the voices which haunt you and which will not shut up until you do so. You can, in short, be doing everything you feel like you are supposed to be doing, and you can come out the other side with a piece that makes you smile, or hurt, or whatever, exactly how you want it to. And even after all that, the vast majority of people are going to say "meh".

And that's okay.
  • Meh.
  • The only thing I would add is that those people may include many of your friends and family.
    • Yes, and it's still okay!

      It's just always been really hard for me to make situations like this mean anything other than "you should just quit". Which is, one must admit, a fairly large barrier to someone who purports to want to write things for money.
      • When I think about my heroes and how long they had to work in obscurity before they achieved whatever success they did, depending on my mood it might inspire or depress me, but either way it indicates that there's more to success than just being good; perseverance definitely seems to be part of the equation for all but the lucky few.
  • Meh, I sez. Being talented and hard working is already a win state.
  • (Anonymous)
    Matter of finding your audience, I think.... As someone who writes songs and sings them in pubs, I've found a song that brings intent, listening silence followed by cheering in one pub will cause everyone to leave the room in another one.
    For what it's worth, "one in a million" put me in that state where you're simultaneously shivering and saying "wow."
  • On this note:

    I did want to tell you how much I enjoyed the chapters so far of Contraptionolgy! You're striking so much notes so very rightly in this--of course Pinkie's a mad scientist! How have I not seen it before! From your choice of Applejack as narrator to the dynamic between her and Twilight...

    No 'meh's from me on this one, sir. No, not a one!

    • Thanks! Glad to hear you're enjoying. I'm trying to re-train myself to write prose on a regular output schedule. I'm a slow learner, as it happens. :)
  • (Anonymous)
    Chan, It took a while to finish (I find ebook formats much harder to read than plain text, for some reason) although I did walk around with it open on my notebook for weeks, so you had Presence, darn it! I don't know why it didn't click, although I do think it had a strong finish. Corpseflower's speech affectations hurt sentence comprehension (kept looking for actual doggs.) It may be I was expecting Mundementia One-levels of weirdness, but that's just a function of your audience. (we are small, but devoted and determined)

    *places a Supertramp 8-track in the slot and drives into the night*

    • Thanks for the good thoughts! Yes, it's a different style of weird. Someday, I'll get to a story that has M1-style weird, whether it be a retool of M1 itself or a new and different thing.
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