(from 17 July, 2010)
Then the first story, "With Eyes Open...", was published in March 2005. So there I was, calling myself an author. Then the second story, "Signpost", was published in November 2005. So I continued calling myself an author, rather than a writer.
Then I reread a favorite novella by Harlan Ellison, All The Lies That Are My LIfe. As it always had before, this quote jumped out at me when I read it:
"He once told me the difference, as he saw it, between an author and a writer. 'An author (he said) is what they put on your passport, because in Europe they think a writer is a newspaperman. An author is somebody who gets his name on the spine of leather-bound volumes that are never read; a writer is someone who gets hemorrhoids from sitting on his ass all his life...writing."
A writer isn't what I am, it's who I am. I'd rather be known as a good writer than as an author. At least I'm still writing.
Then there was this, from the July 1992 issue of Writer's Digest:
* If you write, you're a writer. You need no one else's validation.
* Your work is the same whether it's rejected by 74 publishers or is perched atop The New York Times bestseller list. If it pleases you, your writing has value.
* Writing is a fundamentally healthy, worthwhile and affirming way to spend time. Do it, first and foremost, for the doing. Fame and fortune are the pesto on the pasta.
- Marshall J. Cook, "How To Finish What You Start - Every Time"
By the time the next two stories were published, "All My Yesterdays, Remembered" in March 2009, and "Symmetry" in February 2010, I was over the thought of calling myself an author. A writer is who I am, who I'll always be.
Just because the first two emags went under not long after they published my stories doesn't mean a thing.
I'd love to provide a link to the first story, "With Eyes Open..." but the emag it was published in has disappeared completely from the internet.
The second story, "Signpost", can be found here: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~cafrica/u
The third story, "All My Yesterdays, Remembered", can be found here: http://absentwillowreview.com/archives/a
The fourth story, "Symmetry", can be found here: http://absentwillowreview.com/archives/s
Now I have to get back to writing a vampire novel while the abomination known as the Twilight Saga is still relatively fresh in the minds of the reading public. (Damn it, vampires don't sparkle!) Not that I would mind Brynna and company attaining even a small measure of Twilight's popularity.