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Discussion in 'Welcome - Introduce Yourself!' started by Apocalyptist, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. Apocalyptist

    Apocalyptist Scout

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    I started out in life aspiring to become a doctor, specializing in cancer treatment. About three years into school, I started getting sick. It turns out that I have a rare genetic disease called acute intermittent porphyria, or AIP. It's the same disease that all the myths about vampires and werewolves came from, but I can assure you; it is not as glamorous as they make it seem on the big screen. I'm nauseated all of the time, and the attacks have left me with permanent nerve damage. I had to quit school and work which left me feeling useless.

    Everyone said that I should write a book about what I was going through with my disease... That is just not me. Instead, I started writing a Scifi fantasy about a blind kid that had to deal with not living up to his potential because of his blindness. "Dragon Sight". It was a great way for me to vent my own frustrations. The main character, Cal, is blind, but there is a prophecy about him that states that he will overthrow all the kingdoms, and unite the land.

    I finished the novel about two weeks ago, and started on the sequel. I've grown a lot as a writer, but I still have oodles to learn. I wrote, "Dragon Sight" originally for me, and maybe those close to me. Everyone says I should publish, so I'm looking into that. At least it would help me feel like a productive member of society again. I get frustrated at not being able to do a lot of the things I wanted to do in life, but I'm finding that I can rearrange my goals and priorities and still feel fulfilled. So... If there is anyone else out there going through tough times, just know; Life changes... Sometimes those changes really do suck, but there is so much to life. Never get caught in the trap of focusing only on the bad.
     
  2. astonwest

    astonwest Writing Fool Writer

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    Congratulations on finishing your novel, and welcome to the forums!!!
     
  3. Starbeast from Planet X

    Starbeast from Planet X Benevolent Galaxy Being

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    Good Morning Apocalyptist,



    I admire your inner strength when the tides of life turn against you, you don't let the waves upset your boat. I too have been struggling against misfortunes, but I always try to keep my sunny-side up with humor, writing (sci-fi, horror & fantasy)and playing my didgeridoo (Australian tribal instrument). Even the film maker John Waters said that he made movies to keep himself from degenerating into a monster, so he focused his energy into creating weird movies. After he became successful, he also wanted to help other people by giving lectures to multitudes of prison inmates who don't know what to do with their lives.



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  4. Apocalyptist

    Apocalyptist Scout

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    Thanks for the support guys.

    I don't know how I feel about being compared to waters, lol, but thank you starbeast.
     
  5. Wolfrunner

    Wolfrunner Rocket Ranger

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    Welcome to Cool Sci Fi

    Interesting life story and good example on how it is possible to overcome dificulties and come out with something positive.
     
  6. Apocalyptist

    Apocalyptist Scout

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    Thank you all for the kind words.

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  7. Webster

    Webster The Red Tarheel

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    I was going to say something similar, Wolfrunner, but that about sums it up. (y)
    Apocalyptist, welcome to the forums! (y) :)
     
  8. Alvin

    Alvin In Search of Truth

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    Welcome Wolfrunner. Inner strength and the ability to use your knowledge to better improve your surroundings in whatever way is a strength that will get you far. Writing and communicating is a way of improving good will and inner strength that molds all that you are and will become. Like Starbeast from Planet X says in his image, humor is the greatest medicine of the heart.
     
  9. Wolfrunner

    Wolfrunner Rocket Ranger

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    Thanks for the welcome Alvin but the newcomer is Apocalyptist. :D
     
  10. Alvin

    Alvin In Search of Truth

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    And Apocalyptist can cause a devasrating change but not an end. Not yet anyway. :D
     
  11. Starbeast from Planet X

    Starbeast from Planet X Benevolent Galaxy Being

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    Oops! Sorry Apocalyptist, I didn't mean to make it sound like a comparison to yourself, I only meant it as an example of how someone can alter their life by focusing their strengths and energy toward something creative rather than being destructive and lashing out in angry at others.

    I just lost another job on Monday (after establishing myself in a year's time), but I'm keeping my sunny-side up and feeling positive again after the shock and anger wore off.
    Just another misfortune for me to deal with, but I do clearly understand that.... "Life isn't easy, it's what we make it."
     

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