Of course again, it is very important for everyone to feel as though their contributions are recognised, nomatter what their role in life or society is, which is why he have such problems identifying with the people who clean up our shit, even though we could not function without them - unless we cleaned up our own shit.
For the past 35 years or so, I have been operating as a true sculptor in the 18th century sense of the word. This means that I have been responsible for the restoration, creation and conservation of many 3 dimensional works on public view.
A churchwarden asked me recently to tell him what I thought were amongst my most successful works, and I (yawn) responded in my usual fashion. I absolutely love it when I complete a restoration job and the client has absolutely NO idea what has been done to the article, after I have spent many months and many thousands of pounds working on it with his money. Most clients have extremely short memories. This - by definition - is a mark of true success. If the original creator died 300 years ago, why then I just have to wake him up and ask for his advice. This is much easier than you might imagine - see Dennis Potter's 'Cold Lazarus'.
What have I not done, and what has he paid me for? Well. what I have not done is leave my mark, and what I have been paid for is not destroying the article placed in my trust.
These BLOGS are where we leave our mark! Be happy with that. Anything else is inappropriate. If you write a GOOD piece of music, all you are doing is tapping into something which has bugger all to do with you, other than that you had the good sense to recognise a melody. If your writing means anything to anyone else, it is successful for that reason alone, and is therefore a shared experience, albeit with a different voice - fuck the agents and the publishers, they have their own agendas.
It is impossible to be unique, which is how I got into so much trouble when talking about God, so try to sweep up after you as you leave.
Fame is when someone says, "I know the person who did that!", and success (sometimes) is when they ask, "Who did that?"