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 LarkinA 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
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 RedBy 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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