Sunday, December 18, 2011

Recovery: Mental and Physical.

Earlier this year, my right lung collapsed 4 times. Yes, it sucked. It started back in June and kept on collapsing for the next two mounts. I underwent a barrage of procedures. They told me, "It's fortunate you're in such good shape. If you weren't, we'd be brinin' you here in an ambulance." So, after the first chest tube procedure, and massive surgery, and another chest tube, my lung collapsed for the third time; but this time it was 100% deflated. They doctor said, "If you would have waited one more day, you probably would have gone into cardiac arrest at your house." So began the insertion of another chest tube, and the beginning of what became my last surgery--they cut out two pieces of my right lung, stapled them shut, and hoped for the best.

Well, I can assure you all, like the six million dollar man, I have not only recovered, I have returned stronger and more determined then ever. I spent most of the time in the hospital working on my manuscript. When your stuck in the hospital for over a month, or on bed-rest, it provides someone great spans of time to fill with either TV or anything else--my choice was editing my work.

That time allowed me to be where I'm at today. Finished with the novel and seeking representation by an Agent or Publisher. But in the process of searching, I realized I needed to get back to my roots. I needed to get back to the place that inspired me to write in the first place--nature.

So I have begun the process of exercising my lungs, my body and my mind. Over the last few weeks, I have hiked nearly 100 miles through the Mountains of North Carolina. I'd like to think I', kicking ass. Considering it was just six months ago that I was hospitalized, I'm pretty stoked about my recovery. Just earlier this week, I hammered out nine miles in two hours and twenty minutes. Not to bad for a guy who's recovering.

While I'm in the process of seeking representation for my work, I plan on advancing my plans of physical and mental discipline. Before the year is out, I plan to hike to the top of Cold Mountain. That will be, roughly, a sixteen mile trek round trip. I plan to go solo on this one. It will also qualify as the longest hike I have ever done solo, or the longest hike achieved in a single day. To all of you out there, wish me luck. I am back and better then ever.

Searching for an Agent: Parallel Earth

So it is now that time--the time when I must begin the search for a Literary Agent. For all of you out there, know that the search has begun. If any of you out there know any Literary Agents, I look froward to pitching them my project. I am ready. It is ready.

I have created a world unlike any other. I have created my epic--the first part to what I hope becomes a seven novel series. If any agents stumble across this blog, feel free to contact me. I am ready on so many levels.

My Query Letter:

Dear Agents of the World,

I have completed my epic Dark Spiritual Fantasy, PARALLEL EARTH: "ADVENT OF EVIL," at 138,000 words. It is, "A New Mythology for a New Millennia." As we watch the world being torn apart each and every day, and we witness the cumulative soul of humanity being purged by the privileged few, Know that I have written the mythology which tells how it all began. 

Raised in the ancient tradition of the Buhman–a peaceful nature-loving people–Drakamear commits the ultimate sin and is cursed by the Earthly Gods to endure a torturous death within a horrid nightmare. Resurrected through the womb of his past lover to uncover the dark forces stirring his soul, Drakamear chooses revenge over revelation. Empowered by mystic forces, secluded, he creates the ultimate weapon—a Holy Doctrine.

Emerging from isolation as a self-proclaimed Messiah, Drakamear promises to deliver the Buhman from the harsh realities of a nature-based existence. Through his new religion, he uses his sardonic message of Love and Compassion to contort the spiritual perspective of the Buhman, and convinces many to abandon their mystic heritage. Deceived, families are ripped apart and the world hurtles into religious descent. As tensions mount, Drakamear leads his twelve disciples and their Sects in all out war against the remaining Buhman to arise as the Daemon Messiah.
Born a Minister’s son in a Christian Fundamentalist household, haunted by nightmares most of my youth, I needed resolution regarding my conflicted spiritual dilemmas. After years of creating Fantastic Realist paintings, I dove into my nightmares and art, studied world mythology, and emerged with, “PARALLEL EARTH: ADVENT OF EVIL,” the first installment of a 2300 year, seven novel series.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Scott Clark

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