The next journey begins, even though its end looks harrowing

Late yesterday, I finally — after two days of struggle and six hours of formatting on Friday night — got my newest book up on Amazon.

Today, I sold four books and had one friend — who’d never read any of my stuff — tell me he’d read through Chapter 6 and loved both the book and the “pace of my writing.”

Tonight, still a bit weary from the one I just finished and really wanting to just take a good week off, I watched the video below, created a new Word document, and began typing my third novel. (It’s three-quarters of the way finished, but written by hand and in one hell of a jam at its end point that I’ll have to try to figure out how to fix. Couldn’t before, not sure I can this time, but I will proceed with faith.)

I just wanted to say as I begin my next adventure that I thank Sifu Shi Yan-Ming, who’s in the video below and who motivates me to no end on an almost daily basis.

And thank you, my friends, who continue to believe in me — just a short guy from the inner city who most people believe is nuts. Your encouragement and kind words push me to no end.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn. P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. And don’t forget to check out Sold Out if you’re interested. You can learn more about both books here.

4 thoughts on “The next journey begins, even though its end looks harrowing

  1. I got out of bed at 4 am. By 5:30, I had watched this video. Yeah, I really need to hear it this morning. We’ve all got a past that makes us look like we will never accomplish anything and with very little support from the family it’s even harder to see ourselves as being successful. You have amazed me Stan. I never had any negative thoughts about you but I’ve never really known you other than passing in the halls and knowing you possessed a determination in whatever you put your passions into. I want to be remembered in this world for something other than my unpublished, unfinished scribbles. Thanks for the video this morning.


    1. Glad it helped! And thanks for the comment.

      I’m so confident that you’re going to do well if you keep persisting. Just don’t forget to get that blog set up, which I know you get tired of me bugging you about, but I’ve seen numerous agents and publishers say you should have a blog up long before you finish your book.


  2. Dearest Son,

    Just wanted to let you know how proud we are of you for your first and second book and the work on your third!!! Always knew you loved to write (from Elementary School), but never realized you would go this far. Just thought it was a passing phase. Please forgive us for ever doubting that you would be where you are right now. Keep up the good work and may God bless you and Danah with a wonderful, fabulous future!!!
    Love & Prayers,
    Mom and Dad


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