This is pretty appalling: what they did to Stephen King’s wife’s donation. Thanks for writing this essay. I am touched at your journey to become a writer. I am extremely humbled by your persistence. The fact that you kept on even with rejections over many many years. I often feel the urge in myself to accomplish things quickly as if a career needs to be “conquered”. But, really it needs to be “savored”. The hardships make the “writer” that much better. The hardships give the writer breadth and depth.
I wonder if you weren’t a stay at home wife for all that time what you would’ve accomplished then?