SAMMY: I'm in the business of news.
And when ya are in the business of news, the word NO doesn't scare ya. Rejection is my every day breakfast. Spread some butter on it and a dash of maple and it even tastes sweet. I collect those NOs like good luck charms, or like those...what ya call them.... those friendship bracelets little kids make from beads. I used to collect those, too. Now it's rejections all day long. I tell ya, the beginning was hard. Before ya know what rejection really tastes like, ya think of it and it's like that horror film in the shower. The one that ya watch twenty times but still it scares the crap out of ya. Maybe if you peel the film over and see it's just a brown piece of paper you roll through a machine - maybe then ya finally get it.
When ya finally get it is when ya'll be in the business of news. Like me.
The business of news which means I every day wait for news and nine times out of ten they're not the news I wanna hear. In the beginning I'd get... what's the word... NUMB. I trained myself not to feel. But human beings ain't machines. We feel and all we really want to do is feel. And talk. That, too.
Sometimes we go to the movies just so we can have that relief of feeling someone else's feeling. It's like... and addiction. Us humans are addicted to feeling. But what am I saying - I'm not in the business of feeling, just in the business of news. Fat news, pretty news, news with cheekbones, news with a pretty bow, and those awful news no one likes to look at. But when ya are in the business of news - ya take it like a real business person. Ya take it and roll it off yer back like it was a stinckin' old piece of brown paper film.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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