Another Shot

A few weeks ago, I finished the hardest videogame I've every played in my life: Bloodborne. I'm talking about a game so tough that it took four people, myself included, to collaborate and finally finish it off for good. It is a game that thrives on you dying over and over and over...and over again. Just when you think you've got the hang of it, you die some more. I get frustrated thinking about it even now.

Yes, Bloodborne is surely a game that will test your resolve. The more you play, the better you get as you learn the ins and outs of how to improve. Ultimately your many failures lead to eventual success. Funny how that works out.

I've put my all into the Legacy series, especially the first one. Writing alone is no easy task, but you throw life into the mix and it actually starts to become borderline insanity. What, you mean to tell me after the kind of day I've had and all the things threatening to throw my life overboard, I now have to sit down in front of a laptop and create something? I'll be the first to admit, most days, that's the last thing I want to do.

Imagine how I felt when I put my all into that first novel only to have it rejected repeatedly by agents and publishers. Sure I got some bites, but rejection always strikes a harder blow than acceptance, doesn't it? I wanted to quit, throw it all away. Then I put on my big boy pants and realized, "You idiot, this is your FIRST book! You've got a long way to go before you can quit and say you actually gave it your all."

You know what I've always loved about videogames? No matter how much you suck or how quickly you die, you always get another shot. And, eventually, the dying makes you better as it shows you what you need to do the next time. Dying doesn't mean it's time to stop. It merely means it wasn't your time.

Death brings life.  People die causing the people close to them to rethink their own lives and what they hope to accomplish before they leave the earth. Relationships die and, hopefully, the parties involve move on to bigger and better things. People get fired and find new jobs. Happens everyday.

Don't count yourself out if a door closes in your face. Having the courage to push on can turn your failures into success.