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Cultivating Absurdity For Fun and Profit

Sebastian,

Really enjoyed your most recent blog post on quitting things that will kill you. I am curious about this section:

But with training (and not all that much training), I think it’s possible to get all of that without drinking. I do all kinds of idiot absurd shit, and then, as an added bonus, I’m sober in case I’ve got to fix the idiot shit I did. While dead sober, I say the things that most people need to get 5-6 drinks in them to say. And you know what? It’s alright, nothing irreparably bad happens.

What steps/training did you use to remove your inhibitions?

Take Care,

I write because I am a writer.

On Jimmie Aaron Kepler

Sometimes a man just has to do speak to himself, to run things through his mind, to think things out. He might reflect about things like should I consider changing jobs, ask her out (if he's single and she's single), consider starting an exercise program or investing in continuing education. It helps if you have a friend or spouse that will let you talk it out, but if not, I guess this is about the next best thing.

The last few days I’ve been thinking about my passion of writing. I have been writing since I was in high school when Lyndon Baines Johnson was president of the United States. I had my first professional writing sale in 1981. I’ve been writing a long time. Even though I've never published a book I have published a short story, poetry, and dozens of non-fiction articles. I have dozens of paid writing credits. I am a writer. I even have a short story that will be in next Tuesday's issue of Bewildering Stories.

I remind myself of the these credits where I don't let an agent, editor, publisher, writing group or friend get me down. I am not the reason they are having a bad day, don't need what I wrote, or don't like what I am writing. They are not the reason my writing sucks, story isn't interesting or good enough. Sometimes I need to man up, work harder, and not be so tough on myself. Only my mother will say she likes everything I write and she has to because she's my mother.I have to remind myself that sometimes the timing is off, sometimes the market isn't right, sometimes ....

I need to do what I always do when rejected ... cry, scream, think how dumb they are ... take a deep breath and get back to reality. Continue writing and continue submitting ... just maybe the next one will need what I’m writing, won’t have a client they represent who has written something similar and just maybe my writing will continue getting better.

I write because I am a writer. Writing is what we do.

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