Writers Courageous

I’m here wallowing, crying in my beer, wishing I actually had one in a nice tall glass.

So what if it’s 7 a.m.

I’m a writer, even if no one else seems to think so in the publishing world.

It’s dawned on me how brave it is to submit your work, something I do consistently, charging into that same wall of, thanks so much, but sorry, not interested. That’s providing of course, they even bother to answer.

At this point, I can’t give my stuff away for free.

Though published in the past, I ask myself if I’ve peaked and it’s time to humbly close shop.

Then of course, I hear my heroes hailing from the ethers, don’t be ridiculous. We writers don’t give up. What’s that Mr. Vonnegut, fuck’em did you say?

Do you think that would help?

Yes, my humor gratefully stays intact.

Everything I’ve known in my life is fading, friendships either from death or indifference. Health is doing the hula. My career, based on my looks is more or less over. I’m not the beauty, who earned a buck, because of it, any longer. That’s more a practical statement than a haughty one, so please perceive it that way.

What doesn’t fade is one’s art.

That’s what I had to tell myself when once again, third time this week, found a rejection letter smirking in the mailbox…one of my self-addressed envelopes they insist upon because God forbid they spring for postage.

I hear Mary Wesley, that noble novelist whisper from the great beyond not published till she was 71. And my favorite part of her story, when she finally made money after being hopelessly broke her whole life, gave much of it away to those who really needed it.

No one wanted those amazing short stories Hemingway wrote we love so much, until he sold Fiesta that became, The Sun Also Rises. Then all bets were off. They wanted everything Papa ever penned short of a laundry list.

Mustn’t forget the powers that be who laughed in the face of J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter before it was finally sold, going from living on state benefits to being the first billionaire author of her time. You can bet, no one’s laughing now.

These are buoys in the water…signposts signalling, stay your course.

So, let us dry our tears and head for home, onto the next written page.

Thank you for listening.

Susannah Bianchi…

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About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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31 Responses to Writers Courageous

  1. You are far braver than I am. I submitted a few and didn’t hear anything at all…ever. Discouraged, I continue to blog because this audience gives me so much love. I am amazed at who gets published. Still reeling over the “50 Shades” author who is one of the worst writers ever.

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    • You’re a great writer. Don’t stop submitting. Yes, blog love is very soothing. Blogging improves our skill. Like going to the gym. Here’s to doing laps round the computer. 🙂

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      • In truth, I have lost the interest in saying “I’m published.” Some places I would send to are often looking for specific stories that my experiences or interests don’t fit. I sent something to a book for a collection of cat stories and all they wanted was sappy stuff. I don’t do sappy. I do humor so it didn’t work. I may try a cat magazine just for fun.

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      • I sold one essay this year to a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania paper I thought well, at least Kate will read it but, NO ONE READ IT. And the man was so smarmy that when he sent so much paperwork asking for everything short of blood, I didn’t feel comfortable sharing it, hence…ate the fee. It was a piece very personal about a young man who died on 9/11. Anyway, there are many obstacles, and that inappropriate asshole is lucky I didn’t report him. And so it goes, to quote Mr. Vonnegut. WE LOVE TO WRITE, AND THAT’S WHAT TRULY MATTERS.

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      • A Bethlehem paper? I don’t know of any. There is a Lehigh Valley magazine but it’s mostly retail ads.

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      • Was called Bethlehem, Lehigh Valley Press. It was a local paper but there weren’t just ads as I remember. I no longer even have a copy.

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      • It may be circulated just in Bethlehem. I’ve never seen it but there are other papers for small towns locally.

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      • It doesn’t matter. it ran in September and well, at least it saw the light of day after submitting it to so many places. He was the only one who said yes, so…oh well. Live and learn. sigh

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      • Although it’s nearby, I don’t live in Bethlehem. If I did I would have seen it and emailed you immediately! I bet it was wonderful.

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      • It started with a plague I saw on the building this fellow had lived put up in his memory…Christopher Hanley was his name, and it just wouldn’t leave me, so I looked him up. That’s what it was about. Anyway, thanks. I know you would have told me.

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  2. Kate Howell says:

    Sweet read, just keep going😎

    Hal Rubenstein from my iPhone

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  3. JK has been the one who has amazed me the most in literature. Her books are good, and I, of course, love the movies, but to be a billionaire? wow…Gives me hope for my measly $1mil that I would love to earn on my book(s). Gotta finish it first, of course. Isaac Asimov has been my hero and I almost did cry when he died and I had never met him. Started on short sci-fi stories and then published over 400 books. And my current love, JD Robb (Nora Roberts) and her sci-fi set of 47 or so books of “In Death” just has me loving reading all over again. I do wish they would do 1 good movie of 1 of her books (please?)
    As for you, My Dear, I read “Model Behavior” and really enjoyed it a lot. Don’t go tossing yourself into the trash just yet. After all, have I not offered to have you come here? You could write without worrying about bills, at least. Just a thought, love, just a though… 🙂
    Scott

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  4. Eilene Lyon says:

    Sad to hear your discouraging events. We all know that (as you rightly point out) many fabulous writers get ignored by the people who hold the publishing power. You are an awesome writer!

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  5. You have lots more ambition than I do. I’m content with the blogging life. I’m glad you still write for us.

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  6. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I know what you mean. Any art form is such an integral piece of your soul.
    Don’t give up the ship. Your writing is appreciated by some now, but who knows what hordes are waiting to discover you. Your post gives plenty of examples of delayed recognition.

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  7. The submission process is such a slog, which is partially why I don’t do as much as I should. I admire you for it, even if the rejections are painful. Keep up the good fight!
    YF

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  8. robprice59 says:

    Not only a fine writer but one who is still improving. That augers well methinks.

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  9. I recently visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There was a painting, placed on a grand wall, that LITERALLY looked liked my dog Peanut may have done in his spare time. It left me wondering who the hell decided that this scribble was worthy of the attention it was getting. So, just because some schmuck has the honor of reading your work, it doesn’t mean they have good taste, they just have a job. Mr. Vonnegut is dead on!

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