Being entertaining on a regular basis isn’t easy. Guess that’s why I’m not a stand-up comedian or a newspaper columnist. You have to admire people who can think off their feet or out of the box. Ain’t me. I don’t even Tweet—can’t come up with a snappy or swift response. That’s why I’m a blogger and fiction writer; I can work at my own pace and edit, then re-edit.
Speaking of fiction, I need to submit more queries re my current manuscript. Gets disheartening, though, when those “form” rejections arrive. Ya gotta wonder: do most agents and publishers actually read the letter? I suspect not. But I can understand why: they’re inundated daily by hopefuls like me, like you. Many of us believe we’re the next Hemingway or Ludlow or Fairstein, and some of us are. Like anything in life—and I know I harp on this, but it’s so so true—it’s all about being in the right place at the right time. Or having Uncle Rob, who’s in the “biz”, lending a helping hand. Or praying and hoping, persevering . . . and continuing to do what we deem we do best.
We can’t give up. Can’t give in. Though maybe we could give over a little now and then. We’ll get where we want to go. May take longer than we’d like, but as we’ve heard, most roads leading to success are rocky or twisting ones—unless our last name happens to be Hilton, Rockefeller or Kennedy. Then we may have a smoother ride. But one person’s bumps are another’s mountains.
Besides, if things came so easily, would we welcome or appreciate them when they arrive? Life’s about learning. Challenges and rough times grant us wisdom and maturity, and strength. Embrace them. And keep the faith.