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On the weekends I tried to make sleep another pastime, but I fear that the huge number of things I had to do most of those nights - or myself - made it almost out of the question. So, laying and working - it's almost as good as a pause.
It'?s a good thing to be at work. To be at work when you are self-employed and I - and your employers are therefore almost as spiritually stable as Charlie Sheen - is a less good thing. In the meantime, I was asked to do a little writing about the typist's improvement, from the hope of being posted everywhere to the dear God who just shoots me in the mirror, then I'll get a free days.
Here I will try to see what we could call the very first few years. Terrible and beautiful first few years. It was not really my intention to type, I just lived in a small, cool bed-sit room with no other way to be constructiv. And if you can only be useful if you produce a constant stream of mutilated and nasty shorts, you should probably look closely.
Joining a group of writers, I recalled that I didn't like groups. So I sent messages without really searching for my destination magazine, which properly reflected my effort, often only with a script on a little bigger than a memorial mark on a piece of hardcopy. I' ve had success on occasion, and an heartening refusal or, for God's sake, an assumption, or not just a free copy of Quentin's Quarterly Gallimaufry, but a cheque for 20 pounds, could brighten my toast.
So worried I would begin to change my mind after every unhappy cover, to overlook the pain of being beaten back. but you' re out of luck. If everything about typing is a shock and you seem to get nowhere, your shortage of urgent inquiries from the many amateurs means that you have the case to sit back and consider why you put all this endeavour into what seems to be an unwarding affair.
Knowing that you have to type can be a sore throat, but it's also a big, solid reality you can construct - the shy ones and the manipulative and compromised peddler won't be able to shock you if you hold on to it. When you haven't had enough cash and not enough help (or any kind of support), when you' re considered mad and still tried to get your job done and made notices and observations and terrible errors and thought about giving up and listening and getting confused and angry and wasting your precious free and free your precious free day and three o'clock in the mornings to be shook by the best ideas you have ever had and struggled for day until you actually let yourself be overrun and won, then you already know greatly that
They already know that it is calling in you, that it is a good thing, a life-changing thing and that you would be stupid to overlook it. A long time ago, when I was still in the beginning, I had the guts to find my own native author - we had one financed by the Scottish Arts Council - and he was reading my stuff while I got sick.
Since then I've been in his shoes and it's difficult to be really soft and tight with someone who just gave you an arm full of her dream - chocolate may not be a terrible diversion. Sitting there thinking about my slowly chilling mug as he spoke to me through the two or three tales I had given him, objectively talking about their mistakes and kicking the shit out of one end - I still recall - and generally fighting.
but it was beautiful too. There was a man here who spoke to me as if I were a novelist. But someone who had gotten the qualification had been reading my work and thought it had enough credit to warrant a thorough investigation.
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