A brief intro:

Ok, you’ve found me, and if you have there’s a good chance that you may of read my first self-published novel, aptly named ‘A New Revelation’ by A S Jenkins. And in my quest to further my writing career, or hobby, as it currently stands and has been ‘standing’ for some time. Life does this thing called ‘continuing’ even if we pause, procrastinate or simply wishing for our lives to magically move without any graft, hard work, attention or any of the other reasons we stagnate…we need to create, even if it’s for our own peace and entertainment…well it certainly beats scrolling social media as a time cruncher.

I love to write and that was the initial plan over 17 years ago, when I got my mojo for writing, and it was birthed in a very strange place…I got ill, and it wasn’t flu. I suffered from stress, anxiety which lead into full blown depression, even though I had absolutely nothing to be depressed about, and it wasn’t as spoken about back then as it is now.

(sidenote) we still need to speak out about the plight of mental illness, so let that debate continue…

At my worst, my depression had lead me to obsessing about money, my fitness, eating etc…but as a school dropout writing was the last thing on my mind…I’d been involved within the construction industry ever since leaving school. So my daily tool was a shovel, not a pen…

But life has this awesome way of giving you the tools to find gifts and talents for which I didn’t realise.

Context: I was happily married, in a good job (that I didn’t always enjoy, but I was appreciative of) and we had a nice modest home (which was in the midst of a huge extension building project at the time) plus we were expecting our first child… lots and lots to be stressed and anxious about…

…THEN it came, the realisation that I was in fact depressed and was in need of help, support and ways to counter the triggers that lead to mental health disorders…I was given medication to realign the chemical imbalances and counselling and it was within these sessions that I would awaken my passion for storytelling.

It started by writing little ‘to do lists’ each day as a way to see achievable goals and gain massive adulation from completing them…yeah I’d have my down days, like most, but overall the daily logs and diary entries did help me see my worth and give me a focus…

Along with medical help, support and family my personal faith helped me, and having a church community really did help…and it had a massive part to play with the story I’m about to continue with the use of this blog page…

The daily writings continued and the house was completed just in time for our daughter birth…and then I’d gotten another awesome reason to love life, I’d become a dad…and all I ever wanted to be was a dad…

The writing wasn’t so prevalent or as busy as it had been, the daily tasks and to-do-lists wasn’t needed as much as a way of personal therapy, it had become a way of life and I was getting better as the weeks and days progressed…

…then one night I was awoken, call it a sleepless night, an epiphany moment or a spiritual intervention…but the dream I’d experienced was amazing and as I grabbed for a pen and paper (which weren’t my normal bedside table norms) I jotted down in very loose note form the context of my very vivid dream…and I did this for the subsequent nights for the following two weeks, and it wasn’t like I was having the same dream, the dream would literally leave of from when I last slept…it was amazing and that’s where the foundation of my first novel was born…

So why a blog approach? Well I’ve wanted to complete this trilogy of stories for some time and again; life does that thing called ‘continuing’. And with little resources (self-publishing isn’t cheap, neither is the marketing side) and after making zero money on the return of my first novel, I’ve decided to create it has a blog series and give me the motivation to complete it…it’s not about the money, but I’d be lying if I didn’t wish for the success that all the hard work and dedication adds up too, in a way of financial compensation. I know I won’t be the next JK Rowling…but what drives me ultimately is my passion for storytelling and writing; and the dynamics for which the power of imagination and the written word can do for people, it literally helped me get over my mental health issues and help others see their potential…I’ve since (between writing or at least trying to write books) attended University and complete a basic teaching diploma purely so I could volunteer as a teaching assistant and life coach in a couple of local schools…purely so I can use my life as an example of creative hope for anyone…so I hope you like this fans of the first book…

AND I must apologise for my spelling and grammar…I can’t justify or afford a proof reader or editor, and if you’ve read the original first novel, I paid for both then and it was still a very novice first book filled with errors…but my mild dyslexia doesn’t nor shouldn’t stop me from pursuing this passion.

Thanks for reading my waffling intro…

Adam

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