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This week's question: 

Dchh, I reaaly wish some producer would take my scripts seriously.

Ernie Doyle from ME

This week's answer: 

Wish Upon an Affirmation

Ernie, thanks for the question.  I gave it considerable thought and have come to the inevitable conclusion that I wish you'd stop wishing.  I know that may seem a bit on the facetious (I haven't heard that word in a long time) side, even flippant, and possibly even a little abrupt and cruel.  But I don't mean to be any of those adjectives (I'd much rather be a verb or a cool dangling participle.)  

I really do wish you'd stop wishing.  Why?  Because wishing, as poetic and lovely-sounding as the word is (I mean, we all enjoy wishing upon a star.  Although... these days we have to be careful that we're wishing on an actual star and not a satellite falling to the Earth.  Then we'd be living the concept of "be careful what you wish for because it might just fall on you."  Or something close to that.), it's not a...


(Sorry.  I hope that didn't knock you off your chair.)

word, is it?  Much more emphatic is the word, "desire."  Do you notice that the second syllable is a word and that word is "sire," which is what a king is called.  The root of "desire" connotes an imperious quality.  Sires, or kings do not merely wish.  They command.  They declare.  They affirm.  We all know the word, "affirmations" and affirmations do not work unless there is a strong, deliberate, focused intention behind them.

Poor affirmation:   I wish I could get rich some day.

Powerful affirmation:  I commit to being rich and fully enjoy my prosperity.

So, back to the sentence and concept of wishing that producers take you seriously.  The first adjustment, as noted above, is to move beyond wishing and into declaring.  (I think Southerners were way ahead of us with affirmations and still are because they're always saying, "Well, I declare."  Because "I affirm" just didn't quite sound right.)  Then, if you want producers to take your scripts seriously, somebody's going to have to take them (your scripts, that is) seriously before they do.  And do you know who that someone is?  (he said leadingly.)   Well, I declare.  You're right.  It's you.  Or, if you're talking about yourself, then that someone is "me."  But, Ernie, I think you already knew that and might have just forgotten.  

I say that because I noticed where you're from:  ME.


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