Long before I’d fully completed the writing that composes the Transition Skateboarding Trilogy, I briefly shared some of the material with certain individuals simply for the benefit of constructive feedback on the work. A basis for further refinement of the material if needs be. In response, a select few individuals did indeed offer constructive and straight-forward feedback, whilst many others simply offered absolutely nothing in terms of constructive criticism and only ‘naysaying’. This often manifested in the form of absolute scepticism and even patronisation about the work and project as a whole, at many levels simultaneously.

Given that I created all the writing over many years in complete isolation whilst experiencing complete torture, often, these sceptical projections were hard to bare and even led me to question my resolve. Was it really worthwhile pursuing Transition in any form? Would the writing and my vision for the project ever see the light of day? Would anyone really give a shit about my experiences and the journey I’ve related? Would it be better to pack the whole damn thing up, wash my hands of everything I’d created and leave the files to collect dust inside the PC and be completely forgotten?

Whilst these types of reservations besieged me in the face of reflective, sceptical projections, equally my resolve, determination, perseverance and courage to somehow finish what I’d started and bring my vision into the world come-what-may also dramatically intensified in defiance of what can only be described as egotistical ignorance and arrogance.   

Everything has a purpose of course, and I recognise that even ‘naysayers’ have a role to play at some level. And so, as examples (not to ‘name and shame’) I openly share what the ‘naysayers’ said to me. The single purpose in doing so is to act as an example to others that no matter what other people might say, follow your dreams and visions regardless. Do so, not for driven by profit or gain, but to bring something into the world of a unique nature and to make a contribution to something you might have loved. I hope the ‘Transition Skateboarding Trilogy’ acts as an example.

The Naysayers

‘Writing three books about skateboarding! A complete waste of time; most skateboarders are illiterate yobs who don’t even read’.

‘I guess the fact that it’s a trilogy is quite something, but anyone can read about the divine and unconscious stuff through things like tai-chi etc, and anyway, is anyone really interested in this sort of stuff? Not really’.

‘Well, it’s a very ambitious project, but is anyone going to read three books on just skateboarding? Surely, just one book is enough. After-all, skateboarding is mostly for kids’.

‘I guess a website would be good, but there’s no point in creating a website for this book or books, whatever they are, if its not going to sell any copies. The first thing you need to do is send it to skateboard magazines and people in the industry, if they’re not interested, a website is a complete waste of time, effort and money’.

‘Skateboarding is just about having a laugh and fun isn’t it; people don’t want to read about skateboarding. And people who are into skateboarding just go out and skate and that’s enough’.

‘All that matters in skateboarding is what is current for the youth of the day, nobody’s interested in what the past generations did or have to say latter when they’re old has-beens’.

‘This project is way too ambitious. No publisher is going to even look at, or even consider taking-on, three books about skateboarding from an unknown writer with M.E. You have to prove yourself in the field first before anyone will give you a chance on a project this size. Highly edit the content into one book and then if that’s a success, you might have a chance of doing something as a writer about skateboarding’.

‘People don’t like to buy books anymore or even pay to read one. Most stuff is on the internet freely available; your wasting your time with this, particularly in the field of skateboarding. Although, I have to admit, the writing is excellent. Put your undoubted talent into an area that sells well; who knows, if you hit the right topic you might even get lucky and be rich one day’.

‘The only thing publishers care about is making money from selling vast copies of books; they’re not really interested in the topic or material. This project will be seen as too costly to any publisher; they’ll refuse it for sure. Go do something else more simple instead. Writing is notoriously hard to get into even with one book, let alone three’.

‘Skateboarding is a fashion driven fad that only kids are really interested in for a short period. After they’re grown-up and moved on, most people don’t care about skateboarding. Is it even really a culture? It’s just a kiddy fad soon forgotten isn’t it?’

‘It’s all very well writing about skateboarding in an alleged ‘authentic and original manner,’ but at some point everyone has to grow-up and act their god-damn age; that’s particularly so for skateboarders who are little more than a nuisance and petty vandals. Go find a more suitable topic to waste your talent and time on; no one’s really interested; even bloody skateboarders don’t read about skateboarding’.

For my part, my single intent was to finish what I started on the behalf of skateboarding, M.E and ‘the divine’, regardless.

Thus, I leave the final word and authority on the merits of what I’ve created to those who view the site and read Transition.

Transition and all the material composing this project is copyrighted. No reproduction in any form is allowed without the permission of the author.

‘If you hold a vision of something unique and of benefit to others that you wish to make manifest in the world, despite what many ‘naysayers’ may tell you, hold to your resolve come what may.

Realise, the path may well be long; there will be peaks and troughs and many challenges in your way; many will even claim you are ‘wasting your time’.

But no matter how impossible manifesting your dreams might seem, follow your vision to its realisation.

In doing so, you strengthen your perception of what is possible beyond your wildest of imaginations.

Thereafter, nobody can ever take this from you.’

Djl 2013