That's the Kon-Tiki raft Thor sailed across the Pacific on, from Peru to Polynesia. He wrote a book about it back in the late 40s which went on to become a bestseller, and of course, the recent film is based on that. It's an amazing tale, and equally astounding journey of bravery, dedication, and belief in oneself. Thor and his men faced storms and sharks, among other things, but eventually achieved their goal and proved the naysayers wrong.
Before he set sail, Thor sought the support of magazines and publishers to help fund his journey. Not one of them believed in him. They said it couldn't be done. They said he was crazy. Yet, Thor believed in himself, and made it to Peru, where he finally earned the support of the Peruvian government, and had a very primitive raft built of Balsam wood. It wasn't an easy mission, obviously, but Thor's steadfast belief in himself and his goal, earned him a place in history.
Can you see how this applies to the writer's journey? Sure, it may be difficult to earn the support of a major publisher, just as Thor was unable to, but does that mean you give up? Where there's a will, there's a way. We've all heard that plenty of times, but when you really think about it, it hits you just how much truth is in that statement. Thor Heyerdahl is proof that it's true.
Today, in honor of Indie Life, I ask you, are you a Kon-Tiki writer? Will you continue to believe in yourself and find a way to see your dream through? Plenty of other writers have become Kon-Tiki writers by going Indie--not necessarily because no one believed in them, but because they believed in themselves most of all. Find lots of them over at The Indelibles blog by clicking the pic below.
All month I'm sharing brief snippets of my life, from childhood to adulthood, as part of the Memoir and Backstory Blog challenge. Since I was twelve, I kept a journal/diary. I still have my very first one. It has a picture of a roller skate with a flower growing out of it on the front. I was adamant about my journal-keeping, and to this day, I've probably got about twenty stored away in my hope chest. Some have fancy covers, others are just plain spiral notebooks, but my life was recorded from age 12-33. And then I stopped. It didn't feel necessary to record my life anymore, but one day, I'll read through those old journals and take a trip down memory lane. I wonder what that will be like. Laughter, tears, cringes ... I can only imagine.
Today's also the Norse Gods Blogfest for Siv Maria's latest release Secrets of the Ash Tree. And it's also her birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SIV!!!
Siv wants to know who our favorite Norse god is, and coincidentally, since I already mentioned Thor Heyerdahl, I'll continue with the same theme and say Thor, god of thunder. And not just cuz Chris Hemsworth played a mighty fine Thor, lol.
(photo credit fanpop.com)
Point Break, anyone? Thor keeps those forces of darkness at bay, and I really like the way he slings his hammer. lol
M. Pax has a new book coming out and have you seen the awesome cover?
Some truths are better left unfound.
For two years Craze’s dear friend, Lepsi, has been missing. The murmurings of a haunted spaceship might be a message and may mean his old pal isn’t dead. The possibility spurs Craze and Captain Talos to travel to uncharted worlds, searching. Out there, in an unfamiliar region of the galaxy beyond the Backworlds, they stumble upon a terrible truth.
Meanwhile, Rainly remains on Pardeep Station as acting planetlord, dealing with the discovery of her lover’s dark and brutal past. Alone and questioning her judgment, her introspection unlocks more than heartache. Latent protocols in her cybernetics activate, forcing her to face a sinister secret of her own.
In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendents to survive in a harsh universe. This is the fourth book in the science fiction series, The Backworlds. A space opera adventure.
M. Pax-- Inspiring the words she writes, she spends her summers as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory in stunning Central Oregon where she lives with the Husband Unit and two demanding cats. She writes science fiction and fantasy mostly. You can find out more by visiting her at:
And Amy Evans is revealing her cover for Jellybean Kisses. Click on the cover to learn more!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Come back tomorrow for NA Thursday! So tell me, are you a Kon-Tiki writer? Who's your fave Norse god? Been over to wish Siv happy birthday? And congratulate M.Pax on her new book? Still time to sign up for my cover reveal for next Wednesday! Be the first to see my cover and share it with the world! (Link on my sidebar)