The following quote appeared on the Writer's Almanac on Thursday, September 13, the birthday of Roald Dahl, author of, among other things, James and the Giant Peach:
Roald Dahl said, "A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom."
I also heard recently on the Writer's Almanac that Robert Persig submitted the manuscript of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance to 121 publishers before it was accepted. This has inspired me to start submitting my short story "Josephine," a sort of parody of a Franz Kafka story, to another half dozen literary magazines.