A Quick Thought on Complacency

A Quick Thought on Complacency

It’s easy to be lulled asleep in the ruts we find ourselves.

At first, an exciting path is discovered; then new things are learned and experienced—whether it’s love or work or hobby or place.

Then as the pathway is trodden, it becomes a worn, narrow groove.

As it wears away, the trail seems to be free of debris, free of things that stub our toes, and for the most part, it is free of confusing cross paths.

The path well trodden is a place that can be navigated with eyes shut; some consider it safe.

Is that a good place?

I suppose, maybe for some.

The problem with complacency is that it becomes an unconscious competency.

We are no longer aware of the surroundings of what is near the path, or what lies ahead; no longer concerned with the dangers around; no longer learning about our partners, careers, hobbies, and places. We settle into a mode of operating that creates a staleness in our lives, and what used to be fresh water rushing over our souls can turn into foul water that begins to choke life, excitement, and passion.

I wonder…

If we could master our fears and step off the well-worn path more often, wiggle out of the corral now and then, and begin to walk through dense vegetation, pathless areas, and simply just change things up…

Of course, this requires re-evaluating priorities, adjusting schedules, and maybe turning off devices.

Yet, I bet if we do, we’ll learn much about our loved ones (and might even appreciate and honor them), and discover a career path the truly resonates with us, and find our passions…again.

Posted by Christian Martin Jr.
Book 2 is on the way…Beta Readers Needed

Book 2 is on the way…Beta Readers Needed

The final draft for Book 2 in the Catharsis Awakening has been done for some time, but the editing process–A.K.A. the sculpting process–has been quite the, well, process.

A long process.

Not complaining, because honestly, I don’t mind the editing of a book. I enjoy rewriting and sculpting away at it like a rough block of clay. Pretty cool after you step back and take a look at what you’ve created.

Yet…it’s only one set of eyes. One pair that looks upon the creation and that isn’t always a good thing.

So…I need some help…please.

Need some folks to volunteer to read the next installment of the series.

Here’s a little insight as to what I’m doing with book 2 for now:

  1. I’ve broken book 2 into three separate parts; it’s long, so I wanted to break it up to manageable parts for editing and reading. Each part will be 10 chapters long, which makes for an easier read–should take about an hour or two to read instead of a month or two.
  2. The first part is ready to go but needs some attention by beta readers.
  3. Parts two and three are still being chiseled down to as close to perfection as possible.
  4. Once all three parts are released as eBooks, then after a period of time, I’ll squeeze all the parts into a whole and then re-release for a paperback at that time…well…that’s the plan anyway.

The nice thing about being a Beta Reader is you get to read the next part for free and get to be a part of something very cool–helping to sculpt this baby into a great book.

Every input I consider. Such as…

I received some critiques about Alie and her darn hair issues in book 1. Ha! I didn’t see it. I was too close to the story, and that little quirk is about obnoxious for sure after I read it through again. So…in this part, you’ll see a few references without it being distracting. Although, I’ll let the Beta Readers be the judge, and if it is, then we’ll–yep, as in us, together–make some adjustments so it doesn’t take away from the story.

Anyway, what the function of a Beta Reader is, is to read through the story and see if it flows, does the plot make sense; are there glaring issues with character development; are there scenes that are left undone; and of course if there are obvious grammar issues along the way.

Oh, not to forget this…do you even like the story?

This story is an epic fantasy that involves an alternate reality with a medieval twist. I realize that the genre is not everyone’s cup of tea.

But, if you enjoyed book 1 and this genre is something that appeals to you, and you would like to be a Beta Reader for this project, please connect with me via instant messenger on Facebook or zip me an email and let me know. I’ll reply with the specifics, and we’ll go from there.

And, as always…whether it’s these articles or the books I write, I so very appreciate you taking the time to read and your support.

Thank you.

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Posted by Christian Martin Jr. in Writing