In the Face of Fate

In the Face of Fate

Originally Written 11/02/2016

There comes a time in a man’s life where he has to make a choice. To decide where his path will take him. To grab life. To spit fate in the face and create their own destiny.

It’s amazing how often this is not the case, however. Where fate is just accepted as the norm and mediocrity is the path of least resistance.

“I’m not good enough.”

“This is just who I am.”

“I will never amount to anything except for what I have.”

Depressive narrative and banal thoughts slog through the mind like swimming through thick molasses. A dream becomes a fictitious fantasy, permeating the soul with doubt.  Acceptance of failure.

Today, I spit in fate’s face.

Today, I decide to live.

Writing Prompts


For Christmas, my in-laws bought me a book called “1,000 Awsome Writing Prompts” by Ryan Andrew Kinder. I’ve browsed through it and determined, yeah, this is pretty frickin’ neato. It’s filled with tons of ideas that I would have never thought of before. So, as practice, I’m going to attempt to do as many of these prompts as possible.

This should make a decent subject to fill this blog with, considering I haven’t used it in quite some time. I’ve let my creative side slack for too long. I need a mental whetstone to resharpen my skills. I’ll have people on my Facebook choose a random number and I’ll write the prompt associated with that number. This feels like a fun little challenge. I can’t wait to see what comes out of it.

Keep tuned into this blog to get more updates and stories. Also, be sure to check out the book listed above if you need a little writing sharpening.

Codename: Amp

A few months ago, I submitted a short story to Meerkat Press for an upcoming superhero anthology. Needless to say, I didn’t make the cut. There were over 700 submissions, so the likelihood of me being accepted, on my first try, was pretty astronomical. Unfortunately, this also caused me to become depressed. I felt like I failed as a writer. Then I had to remind myself that, this was my first ever submission. The story I wrote was rushed and not completely planned out.

Then work set in, and I found myself working 50+ hours a week. Then sickness. Then a general sense of “Blech”. I hadn’t looked at my story since I submitted it back in September. I didn’t want to look at my failure again. Finally, I had enough. I want to be a writer. I can’t let the denial of one publisher get me down. So I went out, bought a new Chromebook with my Christmas money dedicated to just writing, found a spot at my local library and started writing again. (I am currently at said Library. It’s nice to not be distracted.) My first mission, polishing my first short story, Codename: Amp.

It’s been a while since I opened up this file. As I reread it, I found certain things that needed more details. Reasons why, I think, might have kept me from being picked. Certainly, there were probably more reasons, but these were reasons I found unacceptable. Perhaps if I had started earlier and had more time to polish the story, it would have faired better. Regardless, I have finished the story and I will now release it freely.

A couple of notes before reading, though. I intentionally left out some details, namely main character, Alex. The entire story is written in a first person narrative, so I wanted to let the readers put themselves into the story, so I never give the main character a true gender. The location of the story is also vague, again to allow the reader to fill in the gaps with their own imagination. It might not have been a smart move on my part, but I feel that if I can let the reader be a part of the story, then they’ll take more from it.

But, let’s not waste any more time. This is hard for me because I don’t want to get burned again, but life is not without risk. You can download/view the PDF of my story down below. So, without further adieu, here is “Codename: Amp”.

Download the PDF here