Is it wrong to be stoked by our next guest? Nah! I mean, when it comes to awesomeness, Jackson Porter has it in droves. He's an aspiring author and a budding YouTube personality. If you haven't seen his Inception parody, Deception, (with a voice over by James Dashner), check it out here. Now show us what you've got, Jackson!
(Be sure to check out the cover reveal for Chantele Sedgwick's debut novel, when you have a sec!)
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Is that the Scout motto or slogan? I should know that ...
Anyway. Hi! I’m Jackson Porter. I’m sixteen years old, and one day, I’m gonna be an author. I guess that pretty much sums me up. I currently live at my blog and my twitter.
I’ve taken a lot of thought to the post I was gonna do on David’s blog. When he asked people to do guest posts I jumped right on the opportunity! There was one problem, though - I didn’t know what to write about....
Until two days ago, when I remembered something that happened at a movie I went to recently. The girl I was sitting next to turned to me before the previews and said, “So, Jackson, you’ve got to tell me about these books of yours.”
And I was like, “Uh...”
Yeah. I felt pretty stupid. And then I made a ridiculously horrible attempt at explaining what my books are about to her. I felt even dumber. She was probably thinking, And he’s pursuing writing why? His ideas suck!
They might suck, who knows? I love them, though. And shouldn’t I, the writer and creator of the stories, be able to make my books sound interesting when people ask me what they’re about. Shouldn’t I be able to give them some thirty second summary that makes them want to read it?
The answer: Heck yes!
But in all truth, I can barely make Doctor Who sound good. And how does one not make Doctor Who sound good?
When the idea hit me to write this for David’s blog, the scout saying Be Prepared! jumped into my head. I’d never really given that saying much thought since then. I thought Be Prepared really meant Be Prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse. Or Be Prepared for the Nuclear Strikeout. I didn’t really think that Be Prepared could apply to every single hobby or occupation in the world.
I met a famous pianist once who said the reason he’s standing where he is right now is because he was prepared. When he landed an agent, his agent took him to meet this famous composer. Joseph (the pianist I met) didn’t really know what to expect, so he dressed nice and was ready to shake hands and talk scales. But when he met the composer, the first thing the composer had him do took him by surprise. The composer said, “Play something for me.” And he pointed to a piano in the middle of a stage. So Joseph sat down and, being prepared, played something that the composer loved. And thus his career really took a start.
If Joseph hadn’t had anything memorized, if he hadn’t prepared anything to play in a moment’s notice, would he have been standing in front of me telling me that story? No, he probably wouldn’t have. I mean, maybe eventually he would have made his way up the ladder, but the reason he was where he was at that moment was because he had been prepared.
See, if I had been prepared with an awesome-sounding thirty second summary of my books, I wouldn’t have felt like a complete nincompoop when that girl asked me about my books at the party.
I’m a writer for a reason, though. I can’t tell things in one paragraph. That’s why I write books. So from now on I’m going to have a thirty second summary for each book I write memorized for the next time someone asks me about my books. It may just start off my career.
Have you ever been unprepared and felt like I did? If you have, feel free to share your experience in the comments. And don’t forget to stop by at my blog and say hi!
Favorite Thing of the Week: Swing dancing. Surprisingly, it was fun.
And the word TARDIS: meaning Time and Relative Dimension in Space.
QOTP (Quote of the Post): ‘It’s hot because it’s hot, not because it’s hot.’ -Jay Porter
Everybody give David a big round of applause for writing such a wonderful blog!
Until next time,
I'm Jackson, and I'm an Office enthusiast.
(I think Dwight heard that ...)