by Stephen Buehler
In my last post I wrote about a magic show that I was going to perform that night. Here’s the result: the show went extremely well. People laughed where they were supposed to and were filled with wonder at the right places too. I received many compliments from friends and strangers. As planned, the story I incorporated in the show, which was – a magician boosts that he will show the audience the greatest trick ever. He performs several good tricks. Along the way the audience has a fun time but are not overwhelmed by the magic. At the end, he takes a survey from random audience members about the performer’s name, (Stefan the Awesome) the quality of his performance (Outstanding) and fair compensation ($10). He shows that he predicted all three answers ahead of time and that becomes the greatest trick ever. This story translated well and I achieved what I set out to do. SUCCESS!
Now what? I didn’t get any jobs from my performance. People were entertained for ½ hour but now what? What does it get me? A day of feeling good? Then what?
When I dreamt of being successful, I believed that I would have made it.! All my problems would be behind me. I think a lot of aspiring writers feel that too. Once they publish or sell a book it will a cakewalk. All the doors are open to you and you’ll be living in easyville.
It took me some time to figure out that success is just a moment. It doesn’t last forever. You’ve achieved a certain goal, for me it was putting on a good magic show. Now it’s time to move on and create new goals in hopes of achieving success again. Success is a fleeting feeling. But it’s a good one.
How do you feel about success? Do you enjoy it? Do you savor it?
Stephen Buehler’s short fiction has been published in numerous on-line publications including, Akashic Books. His story, Not My Day appeared in the Last Exit to Murder anthology and was a Derringer Finalist. A Job’s a Job was published in Believe Me or Not –An Unreliable Anthology. His is seeking a home for his novella, The Mindreading Murders about a magician, psychics and of course, murder. He is also currently shopping around his mystery/comedy P.I. novel, Detective Rules. By day he is also a script/story consultant, magician and a nice guy. www.stephenbuehler.com