A Lot of Staples – Journal 5/4/17

Why, I’m published again! I did it! I went to an event where I did a slam of Splatter Masquerade and made a funny jab about not being able to read Wrong Number! Ohmygod this fills me with a fire unlike anything else! So many writers in one room for the release reception of the Pierce College Student Literary and Arts Magazine, so many people I know! My professor, past professors, past employers, current friends and all kinds of sort! It was such a rush doing the photography and then walking out, having talked to everybody, with 7 copies of this monster of a book in my hands. I’m filled with a lot of pride this week. Listening to Run by Xilent, today. AND someone took video of me doing my thing behind the podium for a minute and a half, and video of that will be going on at the same time as Slam, Bitch, Slam… soon.

Man, it’s hard to top that, but speaking to one of my old professors, he gave me a little ego boost as well. See, I don’t know what I really want to do with the rest of my life. I have aspirations to go work at Rooster Teeth some day, because I think it’d be an amazing environment and an opportunity to do the things I love while being supported for it. My professor took me aside and said, “You’re above this. You need to go to university and get published. Then go higher and higher and higher and don’t stop.” Which has got to be in the top five things I’ve ever heard. It gave me the sense that what I’m doing is good and worth it, and that this, Radio Reality City, isn’t meaningless. I’m doing what I wanted to two years ago, with an amazing audience that’s continued to slowly build. You guys have helped make this. And if you’re trying to build something, don’t stop: someone will appreciate you and what you do.

And I’m starting to be able to write at work more consistently, actually write whole poems or fragments of poems, not just words and phrases. Something in me has tilted fully back into being able to go nonstop writing, which is such an amazing thing. Being able to turn creativity on and off has always escaped me.

Good vibes. Rosy White Alcove, Splatter Masquerade, and Wrong Number all join the rank with Virgo Olympus as things that have been published at a collegiate level. And the write train has no brakes!

Onwards! We can keep going, and I’ve got fuel to last this whole endeavor ’till the end. Let’s do it!!

Published by Jake Thomas Shaw

Concerned with memory, currency, and destiny, I strive to capture each one as they happen. Join me and consume reality! Radio Reality. City!

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