Writing keeps me company. I’m not a religious person, but like prayer, writing connects me to something bigger, to the world beyond me, future and past. At times I write for someone specific, but more often I write to reach nameless strangers, people I hope will be changed by my words. I write because I was changed (is “saved” too strong a word?) by stories and poems, so I know it’s possible. Yes I write to be published, but I also write to be rejected, to try again, and then succeed. When you cook, you also have to wash the dishes. Rejection is just the normal scrubbing and wiping clean in all things.