Comeback Kid’s Influences
While I’ve been giving my contemporary fantasy, Lord of Columbia, the majority of the coverage lately, I’m in early stages of writing my second trilogy, Comeback Kid, the first book to be released in early 2019.
So, why am I talking about Comeback Kid today?
For one, Comeback Kid has a broader audience than Lord of Columbia. While Lord of Columbia reaches out to libertarian-minded individuals and those who love the deeper (I’m too novice to say it’s truly deep) point-of-view, and contemporary fantasy, Comeback Kid is literally one of those books anyone can sit back and enjoy.
While I’ve outlined my influences for Lord of Columbia in previous writings, my influences for Comeback Kid are narrower. For one, Comeback Kid has everything to do with hopes and dreams, of what one wants to do when they grow up, and how to execute a sound plan.
An Elevator Pitch
Okay, so Comeback Kid’s elevator pitch is simple: A down-on-his-luck man in his mid-twenties seeks to make proper changes to improve his life.
It may sound redundant, but I can assure one the plot isn’t. so, let’s dive a bit deeper.
Comeback Kid is all about a man around my age (twenty-seven) with a pedestrian job and has never once pursued passion because, well, he doesn’t believe he has one.
Everything changes when his cousin, the Regional Manager of a sporting goods chain my protagonist works for as a cashier (ooh, imagine being in this situation) strikes a deal with my protagonist’s old high school bully, which requires all employees of this chain to partake in a wellness program.
We’ll see how my main protagonist does.
I’ll give you a hint: As a trainer, I’ve seen others partake in fitness programs, or try to, and over ninety percent of them fail. I’m not being negative, I’m not being arrogant, I’m being dead-honest. Over ninety percent fail. People want to use fitness as an add-on and fail to make changes.
This might show you how the story may go, and that it’s not a redundant deal.
Onto the Influences
So, what influenced Comeback Kid? Here’s a list:
1. First job. So, my first job was at Riesbecks Food Markets, which is present in the book under another name. Allow me to say one common denominator existed throughout the place: Negativity. From the managers, to department managers, to front desk employees, to cashiers, negativity ran amok.
2. Government. I never knew how dependent, willfully dependent, people are on the government and governmental acts. As a libertarian, I have disdain for such acts, many of which are taken full advantage of. I’m not against safety nets if someone is in a legitimate bind but being dissatisfied with your job while believing it’s the only job you’re capable of doing and complaining about the pay and work conditions isn’t one of them. For my readers who may be in unions, this doesn’t mean I believe management should destroy safe working conditions and I don’t mean conditions were unsafe. I mean more of what management wanted and customer complaints.
3. Millennials: Dude, don’t even get me started on how many millennials are facing a finance crisis. Sure, many are, but the good news is Comeback Kid relates to my blog by motivating others. So, look at this work as a manifesto on getting out of your current situation without a trace of Marxism involved. It can be done without Marxism.
4. Passion: Passion is the key to the door. Sure, many believe it’s not possible to pursue passion once one reaches a certain age. I call out everyone who thinks this way. Passion can be pursued at any age. Yes, you may have to work a job or two you don’t like, but it should motivate you to get out of the situation.
My experience in the workforce taught me there are more negatives in society than positives. Well, Comeback Kid addresses the issue and strives to take these negatives and turn them into positives.
There’s too much negativity in the world, and unfortunately, much of it is self-made. People are conditioned to play victim (thanks, Mr. Marx), and instead of taking ownership to improve their life, are more willing to play the blame game.
Look, at the end of the day, there’s no blame game. Take ownership of your situation, any situation, and realize what you do today will make for a greater tomorrow.