Monday, May 13, 2019

Guest Post from Damien Larkin, author of Big Red

A Small Note from Tyrean:

Please welcome Damien Larkin to my blog today! I had the opportunity to read an ARC of Big Red and, in short, I can definitely say it's a wild, mind-bending, action-packed ride! I'll post a full review on Wednesday.

Guest Author Damien Larkin's Writing Journey, Perception is Reality, and Big Red

Damien Larkin

A few years ago, when I was in the Irish Reserve Defence Forces (RDF), my platoon and I were out doing manoeuvres. Our corporals used to yell at us to ‘switch on’ if we were too slow or didn’t follow their orders to the exact letter. One day, on a whim, they ordered us to race across a field. We were tired and exhausted from hours of drills at this stage. The sun was beating down on us, we were laden with equipment and as we ran, the griping started. People cursed and lamented about our predicament until someone turned to me and asked why I was so quiet. Shrugging my shoulders, I told them quite simply that there was nothing we could do about it, whining wasn’t going to solve anything and I was quite happy ‘switching off’. Everyone laughed at that and for the rest of the week, the levels of people moaning and whining over something beyond our control dropped considerably.

There are things in this life that we can control and things we can’t, but one that people take for granted is our thoughts and emotions. I like to sum this up with three words:  perception is reality. We can be or do anything we want to if we change our mindset to align with our goals. That might sound easier said than done, but the first step is to separate what you can control from what you can’t. Once you understand that, it’s surprisingly liberating.

Perception is Reality and the Writing Journey

Using writing as an example: I started out on my writing journey over two years ago. I didn’t tell that to many people, but those that I did tell thought I was nuts. I was a stay-at-home father, my children were both young and I also worked part time in the evenings and weekends. I had virtually no free time and had never once (openly) expressed an interest in writing up until this point. I could have let myself become upset or frustrated at the lack of support around me, but instead, I switched off and focused on my goal of writing a novel before the end of the year (and made that goal two hours before New Year’s kicked in!)

It’s easy to beat ourselves up over things or tell ourselves we’re not good enough. The hard thing is to change that outlook, to push aside limiting beliefs and actively force our minds to see the positive. If I had listened to everyone else, my debut sci-fi novel Big Red wouldn’t be out on the 14th of May and I would never have known the joy of watching this story grow and evolve into what it is now.

All of us are capable of achieving our dreams, but the first step is to start with ourselves. It’s up to us to recognise what baby steps we can take to get there, even if it’s simply reminding ourselves that we can do it. Whatever your goal is, I can’t promise it will be easier getting there, but I can promise it will be worth it.

Big Red

By Damien Larkin

We have always been here...
Traumatized by the effects of Compression travel, soldier Darren Loughlin holds the key to the fate of Earth's Martian colonies. With his Battalion decimated, his fractured memory holds the only clues to the colony-wide communications blackout.

With time running out, Darren pieces together his year-long tour of duty with the Mars Occupation Force. Stationed in the Nazi-founded New Berlin colony, ruled by the brutal MARSCORP, he recounts his part in the vicious, genocidal war against the hostile alien natives and all who question Terran supremacy.

But as his memories return, Darren suspects he is at the centre of a plot spanning forty years. He has one last mission to carry out. And his alien enemies may be more human than he is...


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Damien Larkin is a part-time Planning Analyst and a full-time stay-at-home father of two young children. He enjoys turning terrifying nightmares into novels and currently resides in Dublin, Ireland.



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

No need to worry about things outside our control. Let God worry about it.
I didn't tell anyone at first I was writing. And yet now, several novels later, it's been worth the journey.
Congratulations, Damien!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Thanks for featuring Damien and Big Red today. I'm pleased you enjoyed the book.

When the dream's big enough, the facts don't count.

Damien Larkin said...

Well said Alex and Diane!

Thanks for hosting this Tyrean, I really appreciate it and I'm glad you enjoyed Big Red!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

What a great post! I felt much the same way. Stepping out of the writing closet took some gumption. As a stay-at-home mom, I already felt a bit judged, so choosing to write books over returning to work as quickly as possible was a leap of faith.

Your story sounds like one my husband would enjoy a lot. I'll have to grab him a copy. Best of luck Damien!

Damien Larkin said...

Cheers, thank you Elizabeth. I'm glad you can relate! I hope your husband enjoys Big Red and thank you for your best wishes!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for guest posting today, Damien!!!
Alex - Writing is definitely worth the journey!
Diane - I'm happy to host!
Elizabeth - It's a great book - maybe after your husband reads it, you'll read it, too. :)

The Cynical Sailor said...

Congrats on your release, Damien! Well done on "switching off" and finishing your first novel. :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great advice on separating what we can control from what we can't. Congrats on your book, Damien!

Damien Larkin said...

Cheers, thank you Cynical Sailor and Natalie! I really appreciate it!