Next week I'll turn 38. Yep. Most of the DA users weren't born when I was at high school. I'm from the End of Analog Age and the Beginning of Digital Age. I learned BASIC and COBOL back in my HS days. My first PC was an old 80/88, but my twin bro and I used it to make comic-book fanzines with our best friend. Once the text processor was so screwed that we could not fix it, so we ended up doing an entire number of our fanzine on an MSX2 in BASIC using something like:
10 PRINT "text of the first line"
20 PRINT "text of the second line"
....until page 48 was complete.
Why? 'Cause we loved it! We loved comic books! Then came pen and paper RPGs to our country and it was awesome! And Comic Book stores with import titles from all over the world! And manga and anime! We watched Akira on a cramped cinema, on one of the worst theaters of Barcelona. And it was worth every cent!!!
I grew up knowing that, someday, I would be a FAMOUS science fiction writer. I was 21 and the world was amazing and full of possibilities. But then came life. Reality. Unfair as it sounds, it's a tempest we all must face. I almost drowned in the turmoil but with the help of a my bro and my friends I kept writing. Getting rejected. Writing again. For years. I co-wrote an essay about Hong Kong Cinema, But I wanted more. I wanted my novel. I wanted my own roleplaying game.
Finally my opportunity arrived. My first novel was published. Oh, joy! Best day of my life, surrounded by friends on my first book signing event!!!
Then all hell broke loose. Lost my job. Lost my will to go on. Hated myself. I was not worthy.
Bullshit. Took me years of help to realize you can't control some things.
Now my publisher house declared bankrupt.
But it's OK. I'm working on a project for a big publisher, a foreign one. It could be a big chance for me. Or not.
The important thing is, younglings, as Churchill said: NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP. You have a dream? Chase it! Have some realistic approach (like a part time work to pay for food, house et all) but otherwhise practice your art, whatever it is. And one more think. YOUR ART DON'T SUCK 'cause it's a first step to perfect it. Be humble, but be proud of yourself. Believe in yourself and in your art. Go show the world what you are made of.
You would stumble, even fall sometimes. But you'll go on.
Cause' you need your art, you love your art and you are proud of your art.
Best of luck, younglings. You are our future. And I want to see what bright future you are working on!