How to become Rahtid Rich !
My Billy Scorpio post reminded me of another encounter with mastery, which I wrote about on the 16th of November, 2000. The story was published before, in an online newsletter for Jamaican Diapora, and also, in an Ardenne Alumni newsletter :
How to become Rahtid Rich !
A world famous author told me recently that every great story begins with a complicating situation, a problem, some conflict that needs to be resolved .
In my case the conflict was internal. I was no longer happy with my situation. I wanted more than life was giving me. I wanted to be happy, to have money in my pocket and a smart, gorgeous woman on my arm. Unfortunately here I was at twenty-nine under employed, broke and single.
I glanced at my bookshelf, crammed with dozens of titles, but one seemed to jump out at me ” Think and Grow Rich ” the title said. I smiled, wishing it were really that simple. I am a good chessplayer, surely if thinking was the key to riches I’d be playing golf with Bill Gates by now. Nonetheless, I began to think and even dream as I turned on my radio.
” How could I make loads of money doing something I really enjoyed ? ” I asked myself.
” Write a Rahtid book ! ” the voice of Cliff Hughes on the radio answered my question.
I was a bit startled to get a reply and quickly turned up the volume.
” Author, Colin Channer will be giving a lecture at the University entitled “How to write a Rahtid Book ! ” the public is invited and admission is free. “, Cliff Hughes continued speaking on the radio. I felt like he was answering my question and the word “free” had proved it.
So there I was at the Neville Hall lecture theatre a few days later, waiting (but not in vain) for what would be a life-changing experience.
As I waited, I scanned the crowd slowly filling the room. The word “free” always ensures a diverse and interesting mixture of people. Tonight was no different.
There was the white man with dreadlocks, assorted students, several other dreads, many bald heads. Weaves and an artificial blond in the front row also a real blond with tattoos. Pseudo-intellectuals and even intellectuals were in the crowd.
Some people held copies of Mr. Channer’s bestseller, ” Waiting in Vain “, others clutched notebooks. Some people looked as serious as judges while others were literally laughing-out loud. I wondered if I was in the right place.
That’s when she came in. A vision of loveliness. A lady. A gorgeous lady and she sat just two rows in front of me. Now I knew I was in the right place. She looked familiar somehow and I tried to remember her name and where I’d seen her before.
Karlene, I think that’s her name. I couldn’t help thinking that she’d look fantastic on my arm.
That’s when Colin Channer walked in. He could easily have passed for a student himself, with his casual outfit and hair skillfully done by the “Mi-jus-wake” salon. He flashed a brilliant smile as he was introduced, waited for the applause to die down and then began telling us how to write a rahtid book.
In a dazzling display of the style which had made his first novel a runaway success, he was entertaining and informative, as he covered all aspects of writing. From dealing with agents and writing book proposals, to actual plotting and even character development.
Speaking with the ease of a true master he peppered his delivery with humour and “jamaicanisms” in a way that was truly “boombastical”.
It is said that from learning to master one thing we could master one thousand things. Colin Channer seems to agree as he showed that even his very life could be plotted out like a novel. He illustrated how to create a gripping plot by using many events in his own life. Thus the keen listeners ( and those who read between the lines ) were being taught not just how to write but also how to live.
As a former student of Ardenne High, I knew that Colin Channer had also been exposed to Ms. Robinson’s excellent English classes but it takes many strands to weave the web of success. I knew there was more to his story.
Some of these secret strands were revealed when Colin Channer emphasized his “typical Jamaican mother” and the conversation with God that changed his life.
When I realized that the woman I had been admiring in the audience was actually Colin Channer’s date for the evening, I knew I had to become a rahtid writer too !
The story has just begun.
January 14, 2009 - Posted by heavylogix | Beautiful Women, think and grow rich, writing | ardenne alumni, ardenne high, author, bill gates, cliff hughes, colin channer, conflict, jamaican diaspora, mastery, think and grow rich, waiting in vain, world famous, writing
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I’m Mark J. B. Bowen. Another blogger who wants to be a best-selling Novelist one day.
I’m a tall guy, in my early forties, from Kingston, Jamaica who likes to dream big and combine interesting ideas in unusual ways.
My main interests are writing songs and writing books.
I read a lot of books (mostly on strategy and novels) and I am interested in Photography.
Psychology, Economics, World Politics, Travelling and Lateral Thinking and Business Ideas always fascinate me.
I also like Comic books and Art ( by painters such as Robt. Williams or Frazetta ).
For fun I play strategy games, like chess and poker, mostly online. I also enjoy swimming especially at the beach. Used to do Tai Chi and subjects like Daoism and Reiki still interest me.
I practically live on Facebook.
Been married for six years and have a daughter that age also.
My blog will probably touch on all these various areas at some time. Although my blog is just really like a very personal journal or scrapbook of ideas that I find motivating, or worth thinking about, hopefully you’ll enjoy it also.
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