Most Subjective Industry of All by Bogdan Dragos

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“Some poets are lucky,” he said. “And

others simply aren’t.

Remember, as long as we talk

about the publishing


it’s all about luck.

Like, yeah, go ahead and name

one, just one industry

that is more subjective, or just

as subjective as

the publishing industry. I bet

you can’t.”

“Um, fashion industry?” I said

“Fashion bullshit,” he said.

“You’re not even close. Had you any

knowledge you’d know

the fashion industry is actually

not subjective at all. You just

gotta look skinny as a patient

who went through their

36th appointment for chemotherapy and

you’re good. You’ve made it

in the industry. Beauty is not

even a requirement. You just gotta be

skinny as fuck

and with plain features. Kinda like a

hanger that people

hang clothes on. Nothing more.

A well dressed scarecrow

can make it in the fashion industry.”

He turned to the side

and spat. “But the publishing industry,

now that’s where real

and ultimate subjectivity is found.”

He sighed. “Uh, man, I’m glad

I made it.”

“Made it?” I said. “How the hell

did you make it? You haven’t

published a word. None that

I know of.”

He burst into a sound laugh. “No, you

fool! I mean, I’m glad I made

it out. See one day, I mustered up

the courage and

came out to my parents. I said, mother,

father, I aim to be a writer.

That was the day that turned

my life around. The day I came out.

My parents, God bless ‘em, put me

through therapy. And now

I’m a sane person again. I no longer

harbor dreams of

becoming a writer or poet or whatever.

The therapist explained

to me that

there was a trauma in my past

that pushed me towards creative writing.

It’s the case with every writer/poet/whatever.

And we worked together for

many weeks and

that trauma is finally healed. I no

longer want to write. I got

a normal job

and live my life as a productive,

respectable member of

society. Thank God!”

“Shit,” I said. “And what

was the trauma that pushed you

towards creative writing?”

He paused for

a few seconds. “Um, my therapist

told me not to

share this with anyone

who still hasn’t come out yet. It

might damage them

even further. And influence

them to write about it.”

“Shit,” I said. “Your therapist

is smart…”

I was glad for him. And at the

same time

a bit envious. I was still

looking forward to the


when I’ll muster enough confidence

to come out as a writer

or to

go through



Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan’s objective take on the plight of people who wish to be writers couldn’t have been more brutal and humorous. I do know that the urge to write often sprouts from a dark place, and the darkness never really goes away. Maybe I need to rethink my strategy and turn to therapy? Who knows? If you see me cursing and spitting, don’t worry, I’m just taking out my anguish through my words. Haha! A wonderful post again. And enjoy Valentines. Love yourself a little more today.
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. Thank you, Terveen!
      That’s really awesome advice 🙂

      Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day as well!

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    2. parikhit says:

      I think I will rather go mad if I don’t pen my thoughts 😀
      But in all seriousness publishing industry can be brutal!

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      1. I feel the same way ( ๑>ᴗ<๑ )

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  2. I’ve been writing since grade school and published poetry at in university, and a few mainly web based lit zines. It’s nearly impossible to earn a living solely from writing fiction, especially poetry. So I earned a degree in Information Science and worked in IT. Writing has been a nice hobby.

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    1. Well, most established writers advise against placing all of one’s eggs into one basket (writing).
      I can see why (・◡・)

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  3. Midian Poet says:

    Amazing , keep up with good works !
    True words!

    A little luck and you have everything,
    a little bad luck you have nothing.

    All we have is … writing.

    We are the winners of a competition that no one wants to win … but those moments … are …

    For sure…You know:)

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    1. (´。• ᵕ •。`) Yeah, while the publishing industry is merciless and crushes the souls of many, I still feel like there’s some kind of cosmic balance which gives the defeated (the writer who is never published) a sort of leverage in the sense that it gives them that “underground” aura which instantly labels their word ‘underrated’ whenever criticism comes up.

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      1. Midian Poet says:

        It’s interesting. I know a lot of creative people, most of them do it for the “Thing” itself, whether it’s writing, music, movies, photos, not that they enjoy it, but it’s their way of reality, their way of existence …. I think it’s important not to stop, there is no end, no complete victory, sometimes you manage to win the battle, nothing more 🙂 So im really total underground 🙂 Still on the start:)

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        1. (・ワ・)ノ The few creative people I know and talk with, agree upon the saying that after you make it big once, you’re never the same. After that, when your creative process is going good you feel nothing, but when it’s going bad you feel worse than you felt when you were constantly rejected by the industry. Doesn’t sound very nice, to be honest…

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  4. sereichert says:

    This is brilliant!

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    1. Why, thank you, Sarah! (°◡°) .:。

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    2. Midian Poet says:

      Yes… probably its true, maybe the constant undergroud is even better 🙂 Just litle taste of..i dont know right word… Andy Warhol say- 15 minutes of glory- for what ? And morning after is come again 🙂 But this moment, for sure, you know- when its going sudenly on paper…and words are….ARE, its almost magic moment for me, almost say…WTF ! 🙂 But in good way, ist almost like surprise, every senses is connect to something and -punch ! 🙂 Nice day…CREATIVE day to You.
      Valentine Day and we before while return from funeral….ironic , yes? Life in truly way!

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      1. ღゝ ◡╹ )ノI see what you mean. Here’s to more creative days! For everybody 🙂

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  5. I like it….rhyme is not in fashion so forget being published…what the heck, I’m enjoying being my creative self…..

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    1. My friend, that’s all that matters! (⋆❛ ‿ ❛⋆)

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      1. You’re so right…….

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  6. jonicaggiano says:

    Nicely done Bogdan – by the way, I have to ask if this is a pen name because it is just too great a name not to be? Reading this is very intriguing to me because there is a lot of truth to what you are expressing in my humble opinion. I believe writing is a gift like any art. It is a creative experience often based on the reality of the writer expressed in a variety of ways. Getting a real job – I love that too. As if we put no effort in the things we write, our craft, that thing we work and sweat over until we decide it is good enough. We understand exactly what we are saying but depending on the life of the individual reading our work they may not have any idea what on earth we are talking about. Perhaps we are a group of unusual eggs but I love being in that carton and trust me therapy just gives us more to write about. Great writing! Big hugs, Joni

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    1. (•‾⌣‾•)و ̑̑ Thank you, Joni!

      And nope, it’s no pen name. It’s my real name. Fairly common where I’m from (Romania). Very few people here know that I play at being a writer. I have a job, like most people, and that’s where the money comes from. That’s why I’m not at all eager to let it be known that I write.
      Usually when you tell people that you’re a writer they immediately imagine something big, something Stephen King level, and think you’re living off your writing.

      For now I’m at the dreaming and playing level :))

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        Very cool name. There are probably only a very small percentage of writers that are not playing. I certainly am but I am having fun too. By the way we are publishing and people are reading us so that is something. Believe me there are many writers that never get published. I am trying to get as good as I can and I am grateful. I enjoy reading your work and you are a published writer. Keep writing I know I am. Big hugs my friend. 🤗

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        1. I agree. Having fun is what it’s all about.
          It’s just like that saying, “If you enjoy wasting time, then your time is not wasted.”
          So keep writing and keep having fun. I will too. *hugs* ( •◡•)

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        2. jonicaggiano says:

          I couldn’t agree more and I am having fun. Big hugs and thanks for your creative emoji Bogdan. 🤗

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