So I’m starting to realize. I believed them, though, “packed up” my keyboard, and slicked into the shadows with a, “Yes, Editor.” And I’ve encountered some of that snobbery in writing groups, making me beat a hasty retreat from the room, rather than defend my right to sit there. It makes me wonder how many others go through the same process — and then never try again.
(Incidentally, “you doughnut" has become my favorite phrase in the world. I mutter it to myself about five times a day, so thank you!)