Staring at a blank page with a thousand things to say and stories to tell but which one? The blank page stays blank as the sudden and irresistible urge to rearrange my sock drawer, check email, or watch movies gains dominance.  (And seriously…I have an unhealthy addiction my DVD collection.)

I decided to start this blog to get myself writing regularly and to break out of my comfort zone and actually put something out there for others to see. I am an extremely private person and for me this is a huge step. Of course this was supposed to launch months ago, long before I published my first book. Well, so much for that. 

So this is me, breaking my analysis paralysis and finally launching my blog. 

My name is William Collins and this is my blog. I am the author of “A Girl and her Cat,” a story set as civilization collapses and the undead walk the Earth. For me, the zombies are just a back drop to tell a story about people and how they survive and change because of the situation. The main character, Jack Williams, is forced to question everything he thought he knew about the world when Thalia, the girl with the cat, shows up in his life. I hope you’ll check it out. 

A bit of background: I was born in Youngstown, Ohio. I left home for Marine Corps bootcamp when I was 17 years old. During my four years in I served in Desert Storm and Panama as anti-tank infantry (0352 for you Jarheads out there). In Panama, our platoon was split up and deployed as riflemen (0311) since the enemy didn’t have tanks. After the Marines, I worked in a steel mill and then as a security guard in Ohio before packing all my gear and heading for Tampa, Florida. In Tampa, I worked as a bartender, a Real Estate Agent (a really bad one, sorry if you were one of my clients), a door-to-door vacuum cleaner (Oh, excuse me…cleaning system) salesman, a bouncer, and a restaurant manager. There were a lot of other jobs too, but these were the ones I did the longest. The best thing about Florida…I met my wife there. 

We moved up to the Washington D.C. Area in 2002. I managed restaurants and retail stores for a while until the jobs began to suck the soul straight out of my body. Here is a hint to know if your job is soul-sucking: If you pull into work and just sit in your car staring at the building hoping for it to randomly explode for no reason, your job probably sucks. After many years of that torture, I went to work as a Private Investigator. This fit my personality better and I started to “wake up.” By “waking up”, I mean that I began to realize that if I want to be a writer than I have to actually put my writing out into the world. I knew then that I had to simplify my life in such a way that would allow me to chase the dream and not worry about money. 

To make a long and painful story short, we basically sold all our stuff, quit our jobs, and moved to the mountains in Colorado to pursue our dreams. Adjusting to our new life took time. We downsized everything and I mean drastically. I thought I would finish my book, “A Girl and her Cat,” in Sept 2011, but didn’t actually finish it until Dec 2011. My wife launched her photography business (www.AngelWithinPhotography.com) while I've been writing and we spend lots of time in the woods, where I am generally happiest.

In an interview with Michael Toms, Joseph Campbell said: 

“If you follow your bliss, you’ll have your bliss, whether you have money or not. If you follow money, you may lose the money, and then you don’t even have that. The secure way is really the insecure way and the way in which the richness of the quest accumulates is the right way.”

This is something that I have restructured my entire life around. I tried the other way (for 40 years) and it gave me no joy or satisfaction. Now I follow my bliss and that bliss is writing. 

I could probably go on here but if I do I will never get around to posting. So that is it, this blog will be about writing, about living life, and about who knows what else. I figure it will just develop the way it is meant to. Your comments and feedback are welcome here, so feel free to chime in even if we disagree or I have offended you (which sometimes happens).  I hope that all who wander past can find something of value here. 

Thanks,
 William

 


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Mike
01/07/2012 21:55

Sometimes I find myself "waking up", however briefly. Its the times I suddenly feel the weight of the world lifted from my shoulders for a brief moment. I stand up, look around me at everyone and everything in a new light, and suddenly think: "What the hell?!? What is this and how did I get to this point in my life?"

Then reality slaps me down and I go back to "sleep" once again. Very depressing. The worst part is the vast majority of people have no desire to "wake up" nor are they even aware of the possibility that they could.

What I would call my True Self is buried beneath the demands and stupidity of day to day existence. I commend you for breaking free and making a sincere effort to do what you've always wanted to.

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William
01/08/2012 09:59

Thanks Mike, I appreciate that.

Those "waking" moments are weird aren't they? Almost the same sensation as waking up from a dream and trying to grasp bits of it before they flitter away. I try to be happy for those moments and carry as much of them as I can into everyday life. I think they built up, until this became something I HAD to do instead of something I "wanted" to do.

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