The musing said to the aspiring novelist, who was getting no younger: Hope the younger ones do for the traditional publishers that are still going, depending on what they would write for them. Nothing short than…May just find something else. Something better. So, for you, I will keep the possibility of ‘afresh’ avenues open, as should the younger ones. But keep knocking on the door, from time to time.

Own mind

And speaking of choices, there I was quite innocent and minding my own business, when I was rudely interrupted by a person who wanted to inspire me. With a blasphemy in tow, she advised. I felt quite chuffed that she thought I was worthy of her attention. She even saw me as a future star it seemed. Of course, I would have to change some things, perhaps lessen my commitment to things that would get in the way of living the ultimate life. I would have to cast off the shackles and be free. But, I felt very sorry for this lovely person. She was giving me her time on a risk. That what she said could be rejected. But it was obvious she believed in what she was saying so strongly that she must have thought it would do me some good, so I would go on the path of ultimate outcomes. She was not counting on my steely resolve to stick to my guns. Saying nothing in reply, I deferred to my better judgment, and did not obey, and I went on. Not that the person would have much time for me when I made the ultimate life. If I made my life the way suggested, I would have been on television. I would have been foolish to listen. How often do we hear how bad television is these days.


In storytelling class, the lecturer may discuss the concept of compelling choice. For these lecturers, compelling choice is the pivot on which the plot turns in the classical story structure. The main character faces dilemmas at various points and has a choice between two or, even better, more choices of action, but the character chooses one way because the choice compels more than the other possibilities. Real life is faced with such challenges as well at all sorts of levels. I wish that in real life we would always make the best choices, but in stories a character is a character with its own personality, beliefs and ways of doing things. It’s just that some choices compel the protagonist more than others. This is good material for the writer. The character can make authentic choices because one choice was more compelling that the other possibilities. In real life this can be as difficult as choosing the most unselfish course of action.


The seer called out to the forlorn in the desert and said I can help you with a bit of wisdom. Listen to me and you will find hope. The desert dweller sneered in reply. For the seer to have known better was wrong according to the desert dweller.

Years passed and many a wise person had passed the desert dweller. They looked in and called out to him, “Listen to wisdom!” Everyone thought he was a fool.

One day, he found something deep inside that could have only come from above. He found the security of being alone and not caring what others may have thought of him.

Passerby’s thought he was stupid because he was alone in a place where one could lose out on life. Better things were out and about they told him.

But the liquid love from the invisible streams quenched his thirst for acceptance; and it was no illusion, he knew. All he needed was the water from the well and the food he found in the desert. But he especially needed the acceptance from the invisible. For there was always someone who found fault with the desert dweller.


If I was an editor, I wouldn’t want to explain my decision to a writer if I rejected their work. Somehow, I get why editors generally do this. A decision may fit the editor’s criteria for rejecting a piece, but a decision can also be quite subtle and lucid rather than fully defined. There’s just this sense that a piece is not quite right. So, the editor passes on it after due consideration and an explanation should not be forthcoming from a subtle sense of uncertainty over a piece. How could you define it? So, writers should be assured that sometimes there are not explanations for rejecting a piece — the feeling just wasn’t right. Anyone should be able to ascertain this through their own decisions over selecting or rejecting things where, sometimes, the feeling is the basis for the decision and it just didn’t feel right. I know I do.