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This week's question: 

Is this worth the wait, DcH?  All this work and submitting and nail-biting.  Is this really worth it?

Elle from Austria

This week's Answer: 


Thank you for your poignant question, Elle.  My answer may startle you so prepare yourself.  (You might want to sit down and temporarily suspend all your waiting activities for the time being.)  No.  It's not worth the wait.

But it is worth the watching

(Let me find a more poignant and profound font to match your question...  Ah, here we go...)

But It Is Worth The Watching

(Wait.  I'll italicize it to make it look even more archaic and important...)

But It Is Worth The Watching

(Leaning words always look like they have something deep and mysterious to impart.)

I didn't come up with this concept (although, I wish I did.  I'd have "Trumped" it and already trademarked it and made my fortune -- so I wouldn't have to write screenplays and script consult with clients and I could just sit around and come up with phrases to trademark).  I found the saying, "Don't wait; just watch" (I think those are the exact words, but don't quote me) in the film, "The Untouchables."  Sean Connery, as the veteran cop, says this to Eliot Ness (Kevin Kosner with a haircut) when Eliot is nervous about an upcoming confrontation with some very bad men with guns and little conscience.  

My dear, Elle, and anybody else who may be reading this diatribe about not waiting, this is what I say to myself often, and what I share with you:  Don't wait.  Watch.  Stay on your path; write what you feel to write; contact those you feel to contact about what you write.  Write what you contact and contact what you write.  (No, strike that last sentence; I got carried away.)  You get the idea.  The main one being to not wait.  Just observe what is happening.  

It's a bit Zen, Taoist, Sean Connery.  I think owls may prescribe to the idea.  Cats, too.  I  mean, think how a cat would act after he wrote a screenplay and sent it in to a cat producer.  Would he act differently than he usually does and start pacing around, watching the phone and his incoming e-mails?  Would he continually pester his cat agent?  No.  Not at all.  After he submitted, he'd simply go back to doing what he does best:  practically nothing.  Oh sure, he might sleep a little more than usual since he might have been up later than usual, writing and polishing his cat script.  He might eat a little more, needing that extra fuel to push through those tough scenes that don't write themselves.  But he'd never wait.  He'd continue to do what cats have done so well for longer than we can remember:  he'd watch.  

Okay, he might position himself so he can keep an eye on the phone.



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