…Authors, beware… ROOL #27b (amended)… don’t take yerselves too seriously… #TBSU…

…one of the best definitions I know for an ‘expert speaker’ is sumb’dy who’s addressing an audience in any location more than 100 kilometres from their own normal base… it seems that emb’dy brought in ‘from away’ must be endowed with the attributes of authority… yeez’ll recognize the introducer’s opening line, ‘…all the way from…’ …now, if yer surname happens to be Einstein, or… or…or… or…well, Einstein… chances are ye’re the real deal… good advice among lots I heard as a youngster, and most of which I promptly ignored, was, ‘…by all means take yer career, yer profession, yer livelihood, seriously, but for goodness sake, never, never, never take yerselves too seriously…’ the old thing about becoming  a ‘legend in yer own mind’  is fraught with peril… these days, I’m content to call myself a writer, an author, yer humble quill-scraper, dweller in the realm of the virtual candle-lit garret… the pleasure of having sumb’dy address me, ‘…aren’t yeez that writer guy?…’ still tickles the hell out of me… ‘…hello, aren’t yeez that banker guy?…’  doesn’t have quite the same cachet, particularly these days, when that profession is bracketed along with murdering, looting, and refusing to go shopping at Walmart… the sense of ‘wearing’ a tag or description, or label identifying yerselves as part of the scribbling diaspora is okay… if it feels comfortable… like an old sweater yeez wear in colder climes, or a favourite pair of sneakers, p’raps old and tattered, but comfortable… that’s how it should be with yer designation… why am I rabbiting on like this, Mabel?… well soon it’ll be the season of book fairs, literary festivals et al… where reams of acknowledged scriveners pelt down in droves to participate in panels, sessions, workshops… beware those patently of the Legends-In-Their-Own-Lunchboxes… the spouters… the pontificators… the take-themselves-far-too-seriously brigade… look for the ones who make yeez laugh, the ones who impart knowledge, not narcissism… the ones who wear their authorship comfortably… see yeez later… gotta catch a bus for a 100-kilometer drive to give a speech…

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7 responses to “…Authors, beware… ROOL #27b (amended)… don’t take yerselves too seriously… #TBSU…

  1. I take myself VERY seriously…but then I am a literary genie.
    You common people, not so much

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  2. Reblogged this on Genevieve Dewey, Author and commented:
    Food for thought for some…

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  3. I love ” Legends-In-Their-Own-Lunchboxes.”

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  4. Pingback: …Authors, beware… ROOL #27b (amended)… don’t take yerselves too seriously… #TBSU… « Writer's Rest

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