My high school mascot was a star.
And before all the hecklers come out of the woodwork to label it as a lame mascot, (as my adoring wife does), ask yourself this and be honest...what can defeat a star?
Tigers? Eagles? Rockets?
Nope. Nope. Nope.
Unless your school mascot was 'The Black Holes', you can't take down the stars.
The school named ours Orion and its big, blue soul-sucking suit was created by some sort of witchcraft that garnered its awesome power from the buckets of sweat it soaked up from the innocent teens coaxed into donning the outfit in the name of school pride.
I know all of this because, of course, I was one of those favored souls given the honor(?) of becoming Orion for exactly one football game.
Anyway, I dunno if you would call it our school motto, but I remember a ton of my peers and the faculty endlessly quoting "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."
Predictably, we thought that quote was awesome, even though I suppose it's kind of a silly saying. It's basically like 'Hey, aim for (your goal) the moon, but if you miss, just know you will float away in the cold, airless vacuum of space FOR-EV-ERRR.
Fast-forward to present day and, with my newest release, I shot for the moon -- make it into the Amazon Top 100 with the first book in my Salted series.
Spoiler Alert: I missed the mark.
Thus far in my career as a writer, my experiences have led me to look at the publishing game like one heckuva roller-coaster -- enjoy the slow climb and the view of whatever level you reach, Galvin, because the fall you know is coming will be swift.
The view this time around was pretty sweet...and it started with these.
And then I started seeing the "real" stars who I've looked up to and read for years. :)
Also, I snapped the below screenshots for proof that I was among them for a few glorious days. (Because, come on, who would believe a rascal otherwise?)
I know they're small, but you can make the pictures larger by clicking on them.
So, yeah. I missed my goal of making it into the Amazon Top 100, but I really did land among the stars for a bit. And, hey, I'm not floating into space either. Now, it's back to the drawing board to figure out a new plan.
Next time, I'm hoping to land among the constellations King and Rowling. ;)
Author. Actor. Rascal.