What Makes Us A Success?

black and white meMy apologies for the delay in this blog but I have been pondering something that I wanted to get right. I think I have finally got there… What makes us a success? Is it fame and world recognition? Seeing ourselves in the newspaper every other week? (Whether it is good or bad) I don’t think it is you see one of my favourite actors is highly regarded by those who know who he is yet to my knowledge has not been in a tabloid for ‘Bad Behaviour’. But then you see these actors and singers who end up in tabloids on almost a daily basis for something that doesn’t belong in the public eye. So how do they differ? I am sure they all make mistakes but how does one stay under the radar when the other ends up splashed as front page news?

I ask because I want the first life; the success without the tabloid sensation. I have so much respect for those who have achieved so much but have stayed humble enough to stay out of the ever pressing eye of the press. I have mentioned this actor before; Seth Green he has a remarkable track record of achievements and has worked with some incredible people.

Seth Green

Seth Green

In Family Guy he is even humble enough to have the piss taken out of himself, he regularly goes to ‘Comic Cons’ and connects with his fan base yet stays away from negative sensationalism. He has created his own TV show as well as working with some of the greats in the business with his weird and wacky creation ‘Robot Chicken’. There is a lot to admire here. Don’t get me wrong I am a fan of his work but this is not crazed ramblings I actually admire the work ethic; it seems to me that he treats it like any other job and lives as normally as he can which is why it is as good as it is. He doesn’t seem to be using it as a golden ticket to fame.

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Robot Chicken Season 4 DVD Cover

There are so many authors out there who do the same; they do it because they love the work not for the recognition. And these are the people who are usually a success in one form or another because they aren’t just throwing out any old rubbish and hoping it will sell, they take their time and make sure it is right before they release. It takes president over everything else; if it is worth doing it is worth doing properly so don’t be fooled into thinking that this is easy or it is just sat at a computer coming up with stories; there is so much more to it than that… You have to create people and worlds plotlines people can buy into and all without the help of actors to give it life. And that is the easy part; once that is done you have to trust someone enough to edit your work, and then you market it. You spend hours doing things you aren’t used to and having to sell not just your book but your credibility as a new author. Set up book signing and research where to go to get the best exposure. Find out who will be best to print your work, learn how to create an ebook and get your book on places like amazon…. You have to do all this and more before the book launches. It takes a lot; you need the passion there and the right motive to do it. Not everybody makes it. Some break big others make a decent living; but if you are passionate enough then you will never stop trying.

I suppose the point I am making is in every line of work where you face the possibility of ‘fame and fortune’ you run the risk of catching the bug and loosing the reason why you started in the first place. No matter what you do; don’t lose that drive, that passion. It is worth more than all the money in the world; it’s your dream.

 

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Inspiration…

Hello again and firstly A MASSIVE THANK YOU to all the new followers on the blog, without any of you this exercise would be kind of pointless! So I always try and tell those who support me in one way or another; what an inspiration you are….

Speaking of inspirations that is what today’s blog is about; what and how things inspires us to do what we do in hope of… Well in all honesty inspiring others. Are you lost yet? I think I might be; simply put I want to share with you what it is that has given me the ‘Eureka’ moments, what influenced me when I was younger and even now. If you want to I would love to hear the same from you all in the comments (of course this is optional, no homework required of the readers of this blog I promise. But if you do want to share then feel free.)

Let’s start with the easy stuff; TV. For me TV played a big part of my childhood (I was kind of a sickly child) that and SKY was brand new (yeah I know ‘oooo’ and ‘Ahhh’). I was and still am terrified of children’s telly; I used to think it was just scary. What happened to the Moomins, or Clangers?? TeleTubies and these weird alien egg things which I only ever watched once because I was ill with a fever and terrified myself thinking they were coming out of the Television… And you thought I was joking about being sickly… (I have been told I was born in the wrong era, this may be true.) Anyway back on topic; after as much as I could stomach of the bizarre crazy that was badly speaking brightly coloured things I moved onto watching other things; Comedy, Science Fiction, Crime Drama, Romance, etc at a rather young age. (I personally blame my biological father’s extensive Video collection and lack of attention). Wow I just said Video there’s a throwback for you!

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MOOMINS!!!

Out of that came a list of all time favourites back in the day;
#Buffy The Vampire Slayer (I was just that cool)
#Star Trek (Voyager and Next Generation; I am sorry but it is Piccard and Jayne-Way all the way my lovelies!)
#StarGate SG1 (Film and TV Series; I later discovered SGU StarGate Universe)
#CSI (Vegas, I didn’t discover NCIS until I was much older)
#Only Fools And Horses (This was a must more than anything else.)
The Romance was more in films to be fair.

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Buffy Cast (Including Seth Green)

Really I watched most things that were on so long as it wasn’t for children, I also love Horror have done for many, many, many years but that was more films again. Of course now there is little difference to this list just a few added extras;
#Family Guy (I love this remarkable granted exaggerated view on family life, it helps me to unwind)
#American Dad (A lot is to be said for Stan Smith…)
#Bones (It is debateable as I usually don’t like watching Crime Fiction where the tech couldn’t exist but can’t knock Brennan and Booth)
#NCIS (Clever, witty and relatable… And I do love Gibbs and Abby)
#StarGate Universe (I cannot say enough about this programme, the actors, story, sets and seriously I could go on and on and on… Make this perfect I was in shock when they cancelled it. I still watch it now on DVD as an inspirational pointer.)
#The Black List (James Spader is just awesome in this… If I could I would have him play ‘The Host’ in ‘Dying To Help’)
#FireFly (One of the best Science Fiction series made in my opinion, just under/miss marketed)
#Castle (Another Nathan Fillion instant classic! You cannot knock a man who can act like that, from Sci Fi to Crime Drama is at his best. This is of course an opinion but heyho.)

 

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Castle Cast…

 

Ahh, yes FILMS; I watched #The Exorcist when I was very young and found it more amusing than scary but I was enthralled by it and wanted to watch more, so again the extensive collection of Video’s that later became DVD’s came into play. I watched #Seven and films like that, slowly becoming less and less aware of the blood and guts and more and more aware of the storytelling. The ideas behind them and of course I watched films like #Serenity which was the film made of #FireFly at the time I was confused as it follows on from the series and hadn’t yet discovered it. But I still loved it. Of course there were the Disney Films; #Little Mermaid, #Lion King, #Sleeping Beauty, #Fox And The Hound, etc (I wasn’t completely hooked on the darker or stranger side of cinema.) Oddly enough I was hooked and still am on #Pretty Woman, #Notting Hill I love the plots in both of them.

Even now I love finding new and interesting films and they shaped how I wrote, I started writing in Horror; after watching #Sixth Sense it was Paranormal Horror, #The Others. Then I discovered Sci Fi Horror; #Village Of The Dammed, #War Of The Worlds, #Alien (The Series), #Predator (The Series), #Mars Attacks (Which by the way is just too funny), #Signs. I loved them all; #Signs utterly creeped me out! #Jeepers Creepers (last one for you…) I have loads more but I could go on forever and a day. But as you can see my film and TV selections have moulded what I was going to write.

Now BOOKS; this is an interesting on as I read more Romance and Medical Thrillers such as #Notting Hell by Rachel Johnson, #Lust Or Love by Hayley Barlow, #Pedigree Mum by Fiona Gibson and the entire #Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen but the first book I picked up and red cover to cover in only a couple of days was #Contest by Matthew Riley and that is what turned me onto Science Fiction. If I am just half the writer he is I will be happy! At the moment I am reading a book called #Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gainman, a suggestion by a friend and Sci Fi buff and I am loving it. It is; witty, clever, cheeky, and so smooth to read.

And on to the hard parts; The PEOPLE! My mum actually named me after an author, I think she knew before anyone else what I was destined to be. And she has always encouraged me, made me feel like it was possible. She still does. Crazy as me I swear… And Sid, I dabbled at this before I met him but it wasn’t until after that I really found my stride; he gives me the love and understanding every author needs from their spouse I will always love him but for this I could never say thank you enough. Famous People are more difficult but I would say Matthew Riley, he started with nothing and is now a household name; can’t not find inspiration in that. And Seth McFarlane; he is the creator of Family Guy and American Dad; like his work or not you cannot knock the man for his achievements! He had a vision and made it happen; he didn’t even let a little thing like having his show cancelled stand in the way of that one. Let’s see ah yes of course David Blue most commonly known for ‘Eli Wallace’ in SGU he worked in bit parts for a long time and earned the role of Eli to act with actors like Robert Carlyle and Louis Ferreira and completely hold his own is outstanding.

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David Blue As Eli Wallace

Wow just seen word count… Sorry… As I said before if you want to share your inspirations please do I would love to hear them. As always if you are interested in buying a copy of my book; “Dying To Help; The Beginning Of The End” then you can email me at l.mullerworth@gmail.com or visit my website www.lmullerworth.wix.com/louisamullerworth I am also on Twitter which is @BabyMull and now on Instagram; scifiauthor and of course facebook I look forward to seeing you all there!