My Tyrant-be-gone Magic Wand
There is a tyrant living inside of me. From time to time she comes out, she sits across my desk and she taunts me while I write.
"You are delusional," the Tyrant says. "Stop wasting time. You'll never make a living with your pen. Never. It’s easier to win the lottery. Are you submitting another story again? When will you ever learn that writing contests are a sham? You’d be better off organizing contests yourself and charging the $50 entry fee – now there is a sure way to become rich. Are you writing another pitch to an editor? Please! Where is your pride? And please stop all your nonsense about self-publishing. What do you know about running a business, anyway? Forget it! Look at the sun shining outside, the beautiful trees and the birds singing. Go play with your grandchildren - life is short! You are wasting away, locked inside, writing and writing, pouring your soul into those keys - for what? Don’t you know? There are more writers than readers. That is a fact! And those who read want sex and violence; the Game of Thrones kind of stuff, or Fifty Shades of Grey. Not the stuff you write."
The Tyrant talks and talks and I write and write. And when I get fed up, when my patience wears out and my fingers get cramped because I actually start to believe her, I reach for my Tyrant-be-Gone Magic Wand - an article I keep by my side next to my father’s portrait, my rosary and a candle.
I read the article out loud.
The 10 finalists for the Premio Planeta Book Award
Planeta Editor has just released the name of the ten novels selected as finalists for their prestigious Planeta Book Award. The winner of the most sought-after literary prize will be announced in Barcelona, Spain, during a gala dinner the night of October 15, 2010. This year a total of 509 novels, 83 from Latin America, competed for the 601,000 euros awarded to the first place, and the 150,250 euros awarded to the runner up. The event can be followed live via the internet and www.planetadelibros.com www.planeta.es sites.
The 10 finalists’ novels are:
The box quince, Fulgencio Martínez Caballer; Beyond Justice, Pilar Muguira (pseudonym);The first time you did not know, Lord Jim (pseudonym); On the shady side of the garden, Eve Losada Casanova; Children of the Alhambra, Frank Gago (pseudonym); Chacayca, Rafael Mesa Yanes; The Death of Actaeon, Ricardo Medina (pseudonym); Sweet Salt, José Ángel Ordiz Llaneza; Uncertain dawn, Isaac Soviet (pseudonym); Roads in the water, Abelardo Barel (pseudonym).
The jury is made up of celebrated writers like Ángeles Caso Juan Eslava Galán, Pere Gimferrer, Carmen Posadas, Rosa Regas, Carlos Alberto Pujol and Blecua.
The authors from Latin American who participated came from Argentina (25), Peru (18), Mexico (16), Chile (12), Venezuela 9 Colombia (8), Bolivia (5) Costa Rica (4), Uruguay (3) , Cuba (2) Puerto Rico (2) Ecuador (2) Paraguay (1) Guatemala (1).
I read and wave my Tyrant-be-Gone Magic Wand around and around. The Tyrant slowly, oh! so slowly, retreats back into to her dark, lonely cave. I am alone once again.
Then I write.
Fellow writers, do you have a Tyrant living inside of you? Do you have a magic wand? What is it?