I posted this earlier on Facebook:

Just so everyone knows, just because a number of people who read my works enjoy them, that doesn’t mean I think I’m some amazing writer. I’m still at the beginning of my writing career. I have a long way to go to reach the place, the writer I’d like to be. I do share my great reviews, also some of my bad, but that doesn’t mean I buy into my hype. I write stories I like to read and create. If you guys like ’em, cool. If not, that’s cool, too. Thanks to everyone who willingly spends time with my words. I appreciate it. Keep reading! Cheers!

This was the response from several Facebook friends:

Writing is one of those things you never stop learning how to do.

You should be proud and be able to share all the good things that come with what you are passionate about. Keep doing what you are doing! Good luck. (I have read one, and plan on reading more!)

Humble is a great trait in all art. Everything I’ve read has been killer.
writing is a continuous process for me and you should be really proud of your writing.

Well said. A few of my friends have said I’m their favorite writer, so I tell them to stop being biased liars and give me something to work with. 😂 No, but really, your humility is a admirable trait that many should keep in mind, Glenn Rolfe.

Gotta be honest….anyone that does what you can do….take these crazy, incredible images and stories from your mind and put them to paper….that is amazing.

I’m interested. Is this post in response to something that has been said? If so, I would invite the person to read my last review where I sing your praises and comment on the fact that when I don’t sing your praises, you accept it and move on to better yourself.

 

To which I responded:

Thanks for the kind words. i love and appreciate each of you for the support. Being an artist, putting what you’ve created out there for people to judge however they see fit… its not something everyone deals with, but it comes with the territory. This post wasn’t spurred from a bad review, but actually from someones reaction to a number of my positive reviews. I’ll just say this: It took me awhile to get used to seeing 4 and 5 star reviews, Honestly, they used to scare me worse than the 1 or 2 stars. I consider King’s “Salem’s Lot a 5 star book. Not my books. BUT my friends have told me, if people love your books, they love your books. They don’t give you 5 stars to be nice. That took me awhile to realize that its all subjective. I’m okay with any stars you want to give me. 1, 5, 3… . I write for me. As long as I like it, that’s all that ultimately matters to me. I don’t write for money. I don’t write for fame. I have a job, its working at the front desk of my hotel. I write because I enjoy the hell out of it. If I get props or some beer money, cool. If not, I’ll still keep on doing what I do. Anyways…thanks for the response.

 

Ultimately, it seems I’ve entered the next phase in my writing career.  I hope to keep my head held high, and write good, honest stories that will connect with someone out there.

When I was a musician, I always said that I wrote songs for people who love songs. I didn’t and never would write for other musicians. I think I’ve taken that approach to my writing, as well. I write for me, but I really enjoy listening to readers. I don’t write for writers. My stuff’s not perfect, but its the imperfections, the real, honest stuff I put in that connects with readers. I will never stop doing that. If I can win some writers over with one of my stories, cool, but its not anything I pray for.

Anyways, if you’re an artist, be true to yourself. Listen to ALL the advice you get, from people praising you AND people who point out what they see as flaws. ALWAYS listen, and know this– YOU can ALWAYS be better. The main thing is to be true to yourself and your vision. You cannot please them all and you never will. Keep on keepin’ on.

 

Stay tuned!

-GR