As we make our way through the adventure called life, we all go through rough patches where the best thing for us is just a little inspiration. I created the Boyce Manifesto to give you that motivational boost everyone needs now and then. There are my twelve mantras to live by, and today I want to share a story about one of them.
#3 Your Greatest Moment has Yet to be Written
When I published Lichgates and first held the paperback in my hands, I cried. Just gooey, drippy tears. I was so happy. I thought that was the greatest thing I’d ever done… published a book. I almost couldn’t believe it happened.
But I didn’t stop there. I pressed on. I wrote Treason, then Heritage. I released a box set. I published Illusion and — holy crap, man — completed my first series. On release day for Illusion, I stared at the book page for probably 10 minutes, just happy beyond measure with what I’d done.
A whole series. Four books. I was a full time writer. I married my soulmate. I had real fans who weren’t related to me.
But I won’t stop there. I’m writing the Ourean Chronicles, which will release in Fall (or Winter) 2015. I have two more series planned after that: one urban fantasy fairytale and one paranormal horror.
Part of the human condition is to always want more. That’s how we’ve grown as a species: constant improvement, steady growth. But it’s easy to lose yourself in that. I know firsthand: I suffered from anixety and depression throughout college because of my tendency to be everything to everyone. It failed because that’s impossible. Through steady coaching and healing, I’ve grown from that (thank goodness). The trick is to balance loving where we are with the desire for greater, grander things. Somewhere in that mix lies inner peace. I’m still working on that, but I’m getting there.
A friend recently told me about the book Die Empty. And while that’s initially a morbid thought, I like the idea of it: when you die, make sure you’ve achieved everything you wanted in life. Maybe realizing you’re empty is the greatest moment? I don’t know, but it’s food for thought.
For now, I’ll make good art. That seems to be working for me.
What does this mantra mean to you?
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