Saturday, March 23, 2013
And yet ... At least I'm that. I am "author." The powers that be have called me an author. But why? Because I managed not only to write something and, presumably, finish it, but I have had the courage, or chutzpah, or stupidity, to submit it somewhere. And for this, I am called "author." I'll bet they say that to all the girls. Well, they do.
How do they know I deserve that name? Do they have another form letter somewhere for the even-less-deserving that says "Dear Bozo"? "Dear Wannabe?" "Dear WTF?" No. They are being polite. They also thank me. Seriously? Are they truly grateful that yet another of thousands has sent them a manuscript they DON'T want? No. But they extend us this courtesy, and in doing so, in giving us this title, they bring us to our knees and our humility.
Thou hast written. Thou hast submitted. We dub thee "author" and we thank thee. Go and sin no more.
We who submit have grown to wear these words as badges of honor. "How many rejection letters have you collected?" We look to our heroes and count their rejections like so many notches on the sword, so many battle scars. Rejection is our penance, our dues, our years in purgatory, the price we pay to earn enlightenment and a place at the table.
I am "Author." I come with my shaved head and my begging bowl. Will you let me in?
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