Talent Wanted

I always wondered what talent I had growing up. I never could quite figure out what it was. I’m tall, athletic, strong, and reasonably smart. But I never excelled at sports(I have zero talent in that department) or did well in school. In fact, if you were to look at my grades in school since 6th grade, you’d be inclined to think my future would be bleak.

One thing that always seemed a constant in my life since I was fourteen was reading and writing. My nose would usually be in a book or magazine; though my reading was so slow that it would usually take me about three or four months to finish a novel. I still remember the first novel I finished reading from cover to cover was The Brothers War by Jeff Grubb. It was a fantasy novel based on the Magic: The Gathering universe that I used to be very into. After that I read a bunch of the Xanth novels by Piers Anthony, Question Quest being my favorite. I never read the books assigned to me in English class. To this day I still haven’t read Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, or anything to do with Shakespeare. Though, I do intend to read them at one point. Except Shakespeare, call me uneducated, but I have very little tolerance to read an old and obsolete version of English.

I never quite kept a journal, but I would on occasion write about the “problems” in my life in a word document or would write long-winded e-mails to a friend about what was on my mind. I also attribute AOL Instant Messenger(AIM) for my ability to write quickly. I was not one for phone calls really. I would usually start, develop, and keep my relationships with friends by talking on AIM. So over the course of time I became vastly more comfortable with the written word than the spoken.

It hit me that throughout my life I’ve been told that my writing was very good. I started to wonder if this was the thing that I had a talent for. I needed to explore this. In April of 2011 I made it a goal to keep a daily journal of at least 1000 words. It took me a few months to become consistent with it, sometimes missing four or five days in between entries. Even now, I don’t quite hit  the everyday mark. I’ll miss three or four days a month. I see myself steadily improving though. My streaks of not missing a day where I write 1000 words of usually gibberish and utterly unreadable dribble have increased. I started reading more and more into the subject of writing and doing the one thing that many aspiring writers simply fail to do; write! Write, write, and write some more is the advice I constantly I heard echoed. Seems simple enough. But write about what? Anything! Just write. I don’t feel like I am an expert in anything at the moment, so I started writing about that subject that I know best, myself.

I see this as the second phase of I-don’t-know-how-many-phases project of developing myself as a writer. Simply getting whatever I am writing out there for you, the reader, to criticize, destroy, and hopefully enjoy. Through this, I hope to see if I truly have a talent for writing. Like any talent worth a damn, it will take a long time to develop and blossom.

~Raul Felix

It Begins

Land in Between Lakes, Kentucky

I have put this off too long enough. For almost the past year I have written in a private journal. I rarely share any of my writing with anyone. But I feel the time has come that I take the next step and get what I have in the open. There are hundreds of thousands of blogs out there and I’m hoping that through my evolution as a writer I will be able to grab the attention of some you and hopefully I have something to offer you. We all have to start somewhere and this is how I chose to start. Its not really too important that you know who I am right now. I hope I will be able to show who and what I am all about in the future.

I can entrust you with one dream that I do have, which is to become a writer. I know its a tough gig, that I have a long uphill battle ahead of me, and the writing profession is evolving now and there is no clear cut way to make it. Though, I know one big thing to do is start writing and have others read what you have to say.

I will take you through my trials and errors as I try to make it as writer and as man in general. I will let you into my life and into my journey. I can’t forecast what direction this blog will go, but I can promise you that I won’t abandon it. I promise to be as real, truthful, and direct as I can be for whatever subject matter I chose to write about. The time for thinking about writing a blog for me is a over and the time to take the first step has come.

Like that old cliche proverb says. “The journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.”

Here’s to the first step that will lead to a lifetime of success and growth.

~Raul Felix


*Picture: Was taken at Land in Between Lakes, Kentucky on my 2009, 2-month long Summer Motorcycle Trip Around the U.S.