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My two cents on The Journey

Updated: Jul 10, 2022

Hello there lovelies! Well, I’m back mid week for an extra blog post! Lucky you! Today I’m giving you My Two Cents on The Journey

*Warning* Today's blog is likely to be a bit different from those in the past. I warn, it could get dark and depressing, but I promise, I’ll do my best.

Who am I kidding? I can’t promise anything, if you’ve read enough of my posts, you know that my style of writing takes you on a journey. Sometimes it’s magical and beautiful and all gets back on track, wrapping up in the end perfectly.

But sometimes, it’s a chaotic mess and it falls flat on its face like an awkward, uncoordinated toddler that can’t pump the breaks on their big wheel…

What will today be? Who the heck knows? Today I guess I’m just writing to see the words on the page. I actually have no plan. I hope by the end I will have a title for the post, but honestly as I sit writing right now, the title is “My Two Cents on…” because I have no cents to give, I’m cent-less, poor, sad, pathetic…. Whoop! Let me pull my crazy back in, sorry!

Ok, so… a topic? Well, I guess I’ll start by saying, it’s been a chaotic week for the (future) Best Selling Author - Rose Rayne Rivers. It started on a high - On Sunday, I got an additional materials request from an agent. It was actually my first one, so that was exciting! Whoop!!!

(this 👆👆👆 may or may not have been an exact quote of my reaction to reading said additional materials request email 😂😂😂)

Then it went dark, when I got a very short, very unimpressive rejection by a different agent who requested my material from the Twitter pitch fest last week which I wrote about in my blog

I guess it’s not all terrible news though, I can still shamelessly promote the dribble I spill 😂😂😂👆👆👆👆

Anyway, I got no feedback and I didn‘t even rejected in a cool way, which… Ugh! At least if I fail I want to fail like epically! 😂😂😂

I also got some less than desirable feedback, and I’ve just had an overwhelming low feeling that maybe I’m not even on the right path. So, this week has been a rollercoaster to say the least. Not to mention, as I sit here writing this, I am completely ignoring my ‘real job,’ avoiding doing things I’m behind on, while feeling somewhat inspired about the wrong thing… whoops?!?!

I could blame it on the winter storm, but who am I kidding, I’m behind on the things because it’s the least favorite part of my job, so I always procrastinate. I know, I know, I need to get it done, but I’m sure you can relate… we all have the sh!tty work that has to get done, but we don’t want to, am I right?

I digress… I guess the point of this blog post is, that in stark contrast to last week, this week hasn’t been the best, and I wanted to share that this is likely the way life will be if you choose to be a writer who is trying to get published. Things will feel great one minute and like everything is turning up roses, then the next minute you’ll doubt your entire path. It sucks.

It’s just something you have to learn to accept though, as I’m coming to learn, and while it does feel bad at times, I hope that one day, when my book is published, and I get feedback from real women who empathize with my main character it will all be worth it. Hey, look at that, that thought just gave me my post title “…The Journey.” That’s what it is right? A journey.

Life in general is, of course, a journey, but the path to publication, no matter which way you choose to go, is it's own beast. There are tons of potholes, almost no shortcuts, and nobody is giving you a free ride, so you just have to hold on and take the bumps as they come…

Ok, I’m not sure why my metaphor went so car themed, let’s try it again, in the theme of my currently querying novel—food… (THE CUPCAKE COWBOY-seeking representation 😂😂😂)

Here we go… Take 2… Food metaphor…

Writing is a journey, the recipe for publication may be different for everyone, but if you get the ingredients just right, you could end up with a deliciously sweet beginning that could be just the appetizer in a long career in writing…

Yasss!!! I’m so proud of myself, I did it, and surprisingly, that was stupidly simple… 😂😂😂😂

Again, I digress… I guess what I’m trying—probably in vain—to convey is that I am a writer, a mom, a woman, a professional... I’m writing and querying and trying to get my manuscript published like probably a million other people in the world. I’m doing it probably all wrong and with far less preparation than required, but I am doing it. I’m trying, I’m putting myself out there and taking a chance. I believe I have something to say that people want to hear. I believe the characters in my books are real, and relatable and I think their voices need to be heard, so I need to do everything I can to make that happen.

If you relate at all to any of this, please reply or comment to this blog so I know I’m not completely alone… Also, please know you also aren’t alone. We’re all just trying our best, and even though it doesn’t get us where we want to be sometimes, our best really is good enough and it’s all we can possibly hope to give…

So, that’s it my friends, that’s my incredibly crazy, stupidly awkward, crazy Two Cents on The Journey…

Have a good rest of your week and stay warm!

-Rose Rayne Rivers


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