Still other times it seems that I've inadvertently opened the taps of mediocrity, writing the same book that other people have already written a thousand times before.
I wish this process weren't so dependent on quixotic fatalism. No one who creates something ever really knows how it will be received out in the world. Good things can fail, lousy things can succeed. I'm sometimes exhausted by the effort involved in facing that uncertainty and creating anyway.
Maybe someday I'll be SO exhausted by it that I'll quit. Not yet, though.
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