I got my Royalty cheque. And it was pretty cool . Tell you what, there was a Tax Deduction Certificate along with it too!
Some voices trouble me at times:
” She thinks she is a writer. I do not think so.”
” When a woman writes, everyone thinks that she is writing about her near and dear ones. So good women do not write!”
” You are an author, eh?”
” How much royalty did you make?’
” Who published you?”
” How many people have read you?”
Let me do a Clark Gable to those ones.
” Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!”
Does it really matter, what another person thinks about you? What he or she thinks, you would be better off doing with your talent or lack of it? How long or short you should write? Who should be ideally reading you?
I am happily looking forward to two publications in my mother tongue , Malayalam, by early 2016. One is a poetry translation from English, called ” Daivathinte Pranayageethangal” and another,a Philosophy translation from Hindi (Sree RamKrishna Upanishad).
The only truth I know, is that every human being has an inalienable right to be happy(and write!) in this world. If yours include a mixture that I cannot partake of, and mine has some ingredients that make you sniff, let us part ways as friends.
By the way, you can buy my books online. Please add to my royalty:)