There is a certain truism to the fact that writers perhaps are a sleepless bunch. We are either rising early in order to catch the morning light, which is something of a salve for writer's block. Or we are in the processing of trying to sell some important piece of new writing and waiting for agants or editors or publishers to get beck with a reply to a query or even after asking to see the manuscript. Meanwhile bills continue to arrive, the world continues to spin and the people that depend upon us continue to require our attention.
But then how sweet it is when we receive the response we have been anticipating and it is what we want to hear. And then there is the never ending thrill of seeing our words and thoughts placed on a page with supporting graphics and photos that help give it even more life than we could have imagined ourselves.
Or we don't receive the good news of acceptance and we have to lean on ourselves just a little harder and seek a new outlet for the material and begin to consider what the next project should be. And there are many times where that old restaurant gig has to be brought back into play in order to pull together enough scratch to make it through the month.
Either outcome, though leaves us sleepless and more than a little thrilled at the possibilities. Perhaps the current piece will lead to a book proposal. Perhaps the book will be sold or the short story will appear in Ploughshares or some other review that we have been dreaming about for many years. There is the possibility of seeing ourselve giving a well received reading or being asked to attend a writer's conference rather than asking if we can tag along too. There is this endless list of possibilities that will provide a multitude of experiences, but allow us to continue with thie singularly introspective routine of being a writer.
Causes James Buchanan Supports
Expanding health care in the US, ending war as a viable tool of foreign policy, and issues related to social justice in general.