Secondly, I’d like to thank everyone who wished me a happy birthday this year. You should all feel very accomplished as you made me incredibly and absolutely happy with you veritable flood of wishes. That being said, let’s see about this new year of 22 and what it looks like for Jared Allen, (yeah, that’s right, I used my real name). Because it’s not about living anonymously anymore. This isn’t me hiding behind a mask; this is me stepping out.
He’s gotta die. I kinda have to kill Him now… sorry
The anonymous novelist is innocent. He committed no crime, yet for my sins he must die. Am I going to stop blogging? Nope, and nobody can make me. Well, am I at least going to change the name of the blog…? Nah. This blog isn’t about me, it’s about my life for God’s glory and your amusement/education/encouragement, (that last one might just be optimism on my part). So what does it mean? Don’t leave us hanging here bub.
Aight, so here’s the deal
I’m a writer. Heart-bent on word, mind-bent on life, tortured by an over-developed imagination and the inability to be satiated by fulfillment in literature. In English, I’m fed-up with cut-rate authors prolifically pumping out putrescence they pass off as literature. We’re devouring stories like ravenous wolves, but the stories are devouring our minds like maggots.
To the writers and visionaries belongs the future. Movies may have the heaviest influence on minds today, but what influences movies? Books was the answer we were looking for. Authors curate the imaginations of their generation. Too many of the bestselling authors take that responsibility and treat it with callous disdain. The almighty dollar is king-of-the-hill in the men and women that shape the minds of the new world: the young ones.
What are you gonna do about it, buddy?
Me? Imma write a book. Maybe several, who knows? What I can say is that I have a passion like never before to evoke into being writing that will cultivate a real culture of mind and of reality; works of fiction that aren’t just distractions and perversions of a craft so influential.
What are you saying?
What I’m saying is that I’m going to write an epic, a thriller, a mystery, an adventure! But not just to grab readers, but to keep them. Not just for pastime but for a purpose. God called and equipped this 22-year-old with ability, availability, and the necessary tools to change the world. Can I? Who knows. But I’m going to try.
Secondly, I want to let you in on a secret: I am nothing without Christ. Not even a living human being or scum sucking leach. So, when I say secondly, repeatedly in this post, I’m mean that in my life, everything starts with God. There is no second place or even first, God is everything. When it starts with Him, all other things follow after.
This writing a book thing, it’s not a snap decision. God is everything, and what follows is not me but Him. Years of study and seeking Him have placed this in my heart and I’m adamant in the belief this is of Him. When you only see, only seek, only love, only live for God, whatever follows in your life must be of Him.
So, what do I have to do, Jared?
(By the way, these are your questions I’ve been asking myself). You? I don’t require you, challenge you, or ask you to do anything. (Wow! This really is a new you). This time it’s all God. I’ll keep you updated on the progress, but this time around, the success or failure of this is in God’s hands alone. From concept to completion this is His work not mine.
–the anonymous novelist