Fail Whale (Well)

Let me tell you a little story about a time when I failed.

 

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Remove Guru from your flavor text

Guru is a weird word. Self-professing yourself as one is even weirder, perhaps the weirdest. Especially in industries that are bizarre chaos – technology and social media for example – the term guru (re: the popular expert) is laughable. An ever-changing industry, shifting its paradigm overnight at times, is not the place for someone finding comfort in being the expert.

As Tyler Durden would say:

“May I never be complete. May I never be content. May I never be perfect.”

You Never Know Who’s Watching

When I started posting my artwork online at Behance, I didn’t get much response over it. A few friends looked it over, some had some nice comments for me, and it garnered a few appreciations from the community. But for the most part, nobody encouraged me to keep going. People aren’t generally wired for that. Most of us go about our daily lives looking for ways to encourage ourselves and enrich our lives. This isn’t selfishness. It just is how we keep ourselves going in life. If you were to only focus on others, you’d neglect yourself.

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Alternate Beginnings – The Last Jedi

THE LAST JEDI

Tilt down to Starkiller Base. Han feels like he has been falling forever. He tumbles into the darkness of a seemingly never-ending pit. Han feels at his torso, the slight hole throbbing like an old imperial probe. His wound was cauterized by the lightsaber blade from his son, the infamous Kylo Ren.

Down and down he falls, tumbling down the rabbit hole. His mind searches for answers. How could he save his son?

Finally, he lands. On a mountain of fluffy Porgs.

Porg

Han Solo is alive, atop a bed of fluffy Porgs. He rolls over until he meets the dusty earth of the cavernous floor. He looks up. Starkiller base is imploding. The First Order is on the run. They have succeeded.

There is no time to celebrate for Han. The cavern is closing in around him. The roofs caves in, and, just before the mountainous rock strikes him, Han can be heard uttering his last words.

“Ah, Hell.”

Underneath, a Superman

Photo Sep 26, 1 16 47 PM (1)I like to leave this figurine on my desk at work. It’s mostly because I’m a kid at heart, but it also has a certain context for me. Underneath the ordinary, there is a superman (or woman). We have a power in ourselves that we have a tendency to ignore or deny.

So you may not have a phone booth to transform in, but, you should know, that you are superman. You have the ability to make a difference in anything you touch.

Carry on, mild mannered reporters. And when the situation calls on you, take a proactive role in what is going on around you!

Juggling Life’s Loves

It’s 8:45pm, my daughter is asleep, and I’m staring at my laptop screen wondering if I can muster the courage to type some words into a scene. My current WIP (work in progress for the uninitiated) needs “more”, and I’m sitting here wondering if I will fall asleep before I can make something of a scene that I had a hard first run-through. Continue reading

What’s your ONE thing?

“What’s your thing?”

I asked my boss this out of the blue recently. His face turned from its normal jovial demeanor to a look of confusion then pensive introspection as I clarified.

“I don’t mean at work. I mean in general. What is your thing?”

He thought for awhile and he said, “To breathe life into people.”

I agreed that was a good thing to be driven toward, but I wanted something more concrete. We continued talking it through, and, for the sake of privacy, I won’t divulge any of that information. But it was a fantastic, illuminating conversation for me personally, and I hope it was the same for my boss. Continue reading