The long journey continues. Who ever thought that becoming a published author would be so difficult? I guess it's to be expected. I won't give numbers on how many queries I've sent, or how many letters I've gotten back with a "thanks but it's not what we're looking for."
It can be discouraging for a new writer. I have to admit that I am a bit... frustrated with the seeming lack of progress on my part. But, when I look at the bigger picture, I see that there are many things that are actually happening all around me.
Even though I have not yet found an agent to represent me, I do have at least one fan who I have never met. I have several stories in various stages of being written, with at least three complete drafts. Some are closer to completion than others. They are all important stories that want to be told. And I will not stop until they are told and are read or heard by those who need it most.
I like to write stories of inspiration, of overcoming trials. I like to write stories that tell the young people in our lives that it's okay if life goes to pot. There is always a way to overcome that. There is always a way to get back on top, to forgive and move on. There is a way to take control of your life and not let the bad things define you. That is my message to the world.
It is a long journey. But no matter how many "dead ends" or wrong turns I make, I will keep going on this path that I have chosen for myself. I will not give up. Because, if there is anything I can say about myself, it is that I am not a quitter. I don't give up. I don't give in. I keep working to find a way. And if it turns out that it's a bad direction, I change routes. It's as simple as that.
As a human, I suffer from frustration, anger, disappointment, and joy. And, eventually, I hope I will get to experience the satisfaction and pleasure of having someone read one of my stories, someone who may have needed that extra bit of encouragement that no one else could give them. That, I think, would make everything else worth while.