John Wayne, Rejections and Attention Seeking.

I saw some John Wayne film once in which he did something heroic and was invalided out of the U.S. Navy then took up writing. A friend asked him how it was going.

‘Twenty-six stories, twenty-six rejections,’ drawled big John. I don’t know why but I always remembered that, probably from my childhood dreams of being a writer.

I just checked the rejection file in my email account and since 25th February 2009 I have collected at least 156 rejections. I say ‘at least’ because some have been on paper and are not preserved. I had another one today which is why the file came to mind.

I haven’t been blogging much lately and this article in The Guardian made me sort of glad. It’s titled ‘Look at me: Why attention-seeking is the defining need of our times.’ ‘Lohttps://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/05/crimes-of-attention-stalkers-killers-jihadists-longingok at me: why attention-seeking is the defining need of our times’

I only scanned it so far. While blogging is indubitably attention seeking in a way, the article explains that this is a human need. Blogging is a better way than killing people to say ‘Here I am!’ And I’m only doing it to sell my books. And I’m failing. So there.

 

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