No greater fool than I was born or bred.
During my short, fortunately, time on the German site Bookrix, I earned a rep for playing the fool and being a joker.
I played the role so well that few people to this day, now the truth behind the mask.
As I used to say "Is not the fool the most honest part to play, for being the fool, you can say what you like, and people will take your words as a joke. Was it not the fool in King Lear who warned the king of the duplicity of his daughters."
It did help in as much as the fool role allowed me to tell some of the "elitist writers" who thought they were better than me what I thought of them. All but the sites admin section shared my opinion of them.
To the end of my days on the site, I kept playing the part of the fool, and few realized the role hid my pain as much as my dark humor. Reading about the success of others, in the beginning, was a driving force but as time wore on, my failure became the cross I had to bear and not tell anyone.
In later years, a man playing the fool gave Katherine Janeway the opportunity to escape getting captured in Star Trek Voyager.
At the close of the decade, I have found a way to live with my failures; there is no greater fool than he who thinks he can succeed against the tides, and I am that person.