"Just this once, everybody lives!"
For all of the adventures that the Doctor goes on, his constant companion is described as death. Clive Finch in the first episode with the 9th says to Rose: "The Doctor is a legend woven throughout history. When disaster comes he's there. He brings a storm in his wake and he has only one constant companion. Death." In light of that, it's such a fantastic moment that everybody lives! His excitement is contagious and I can't help but smile!
It makes me think about writing. How many people want to be published authors? Just this past week I saw 42.7k tweets and more about #PitMad. Yes, hundreds of those are the same books, being tried just one more time or being tweeted twice an hour. But there are hundreds, thousands of writers trying to find an agent who will help make their dream into a paperback book with a dazzling cover, waiting to be read. We want someone to thumb through the pages and enjoy our story with laughter or tears. It's our dream.
But how many times does it feel like our constant companion is rejection? We try querying, get a few rejections, revise and query again, only for more rejections to come pouring in.
It's very difficult at times and we feel like we are never going to make it; to become published authors and have a stranger enjoy our books. But...
We can't give up. I believe that everyone who wants to be an author and really gives it their everything, has a chance of finding an agent and being published. Or finding the right editor, and self-publishing their novel. We can't give up! Hopefully we will all get a change to throw out our arms and say "Everybody lives!"
As a side note to update everyone, I've actually done a little bit of writing last week and a lot of reading! Hopefully there will be a few more blog posts this week since it is Tolkien Week, celebrating J.R.R. Tolkien and his marvelous books. :) Have a great Sunday!