But at the same time, if I never sold another thing, would I keep writing? Yes, of course, because if I give up, then assuredly I won’t sell anything else.
Frankly, you’d want to think of a mentor as someone whose example you’d want to follow, someone who can help you be all that you can be. Darby introducing me as such when I failed miserably in that role, is not something I find at all flattering.
The best thing you can do for me and for yourself is get to over this and be happy. Find someone who loves you the way you deserve to be loved and go for it.