Outside my front window, a very large evergreen stands, and it is a common place for many different animals to use as a home. The latest resident is a beautiful red Cardinal; however, as much as I love nature, this bird is about to drive my family and me insane.
You see, this creature of instinct sees his reflection in my window each day and assumes he spots another cardinal trying to move into his territory. As you can imagine, his bangs and bonks against the glass are highly irritating. The amazing thing to me is, he will hit the glass multiple times in a matter of seconds and the assault continues for hours.
I've tried waving my arms, shouting, even trying to educate the poor brute by yelling, "It's YOU, you idiot!" Yet, no matter what I've tried, he returns time after time, determined to defeat the "other" bird.
As I worked through my constant irritation, I reminded myself that I'm a writer, and all the world is fodder for material. But how could some crazy bird inspire me in any way?
After thinking about his behavior, I was sure we had one thing in common. Honestly though, I still haven't figured out if it's persistence or ignorance? It could be a mix of both.
You see, though my writing has been rejected, misunderstood, ignored, and just plain dismissed, I continue to write and continue to submit, hoping for a different outcome each time. Am I being persistent or am I just ignorant to my chances of being published as I continue to bang my head against the publishing world window?
In the end, to me, it doesn't matter. Like that deranged cardinal, I refuse to quit until I've achieved my ultimate goals. Nothing short of seeing one of my books on a bookstore bookshelf will satisfy me, so regardless of how much it hurts, watch me, I'm going in again. Wish me luck!
Oh, and by the way, if you find yourself with a persistent/ignorant bird flying into one of your windows, a poster of John Cena in full wrestling wear hung in the window might seem weird to the neighbors, but will be too scary for a bull-headed Cardinal to take on.
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