A Message From God
As most of you know, I’m trying to write my memoirs. I don’t really think of what I’m writing as memoirs, but that would be the technical term. When I think of memoirs I think of someone who has done something incredible or who had a bevy of torrid affairs – neither of which I can claim.
if when this book gets published I will naturally use my real name. Because it would be silly to use a pen name for a book about me, doncha think?
What you may NOT know is that before I had something to actually write about I played around at writing fiction. I love making up a story – and I have a fertile enough imagination that I can do it. I’m not sure about the actual writing of the story, though I do have a few people who are very encouraging. And they’re not all family, either!
Because my name is so common – can I get a witness, all you Jennifer’s out there – I want to use a pen name if I ever publish my fiction. If you read this post you know about my fondness for the name Roxanne. I’m thinking of going by Roxy because there aren’t a ton of those out there. (No, Terri. This does NOT mean you get part of the royalties)
Since Roxanne is my oldest sister’s middle name I thought it would be nice to use my other sister’s middle name as well, but Roxy Suzanne sounds more like a stripper than an author and since I won’t be writing erotica I think I’m going to have to pass on that one.
Now wanting to be a published author is quite a lofty goal. I mean how many of you handful of people who actually read this blog have the same desire? And it’s easy to get discouraged and be full of self-doubt.
I absolutely believe God still talks to us. He speaks to us through the Bible, in sermons, through people – a myriad of different ways. Where I hear him the most, however, is in music.
This morning as I walked on the treadmill I was listening to my very eclectic collection of songs on my iPod in shuffle mode. My mind was filled with doubts about my writing when I realized Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns was playing. Here is the chorus:
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
The voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!”
The voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth
I giggled a little bit and sang along and do you know what the very next song was?
Roxanne by the Police! (Told you it was eclectic)
So this is what I believe God was telling me. “Keep at it, ignore the doubts and use the name Roxy.”
Yeah, becoming a published author is hard. I’ve been chasing that dream for almsot seven years, but you’ve already faced worse so I say go for it.And I vote for Roxy Sue.
Oh, I love the way your brain works! And for what it’s worth, I love Roxy Suzanne. (oh, and that would be a great word combo for scrabble, you know, with the x, the y, and the z for points.)
I really do think I should get part of the royalties; but, I’ll settle for the dedications! 😀
I agree with you and believe that God speaks to us. And I think that whatever anyone commits to they can achieve if they just keep trying.
Travis – Roxy Sue? Weren’t you the one that encouraged the story about Roxanne the hooker with a heart of gold???Monnik – I didn’t think personal nouns were allowed in Scrabble!!Terri – Yeah, yeah. “I dedicate this New York Times best seller and my name to my sister, Terri.” You mean like that??
I just wanted to check out your blog…I saw the address in the bottom of one of your posts on a yahoo group. I was so excited when I saw that you live in PA….I do too! I also love to blog. I will never make it as an accomplished wirter but it looks to me like you have a lot more skill in that area than me. Come on over and visit my blog. And maybe I can stop by an read yours as well. ~Jackie
Dan – I guess I’ll just keep trying, then. :o)Jackie – I did leave you a message and will be back to visit your blog. We have a whole lot in common! Including a blogger friend. Kinda spooky!
You go Roxy!!! I think it was a sign, really. You certainly have the talent and people love to read what you write. Believe!!
You forgot a word….. “to my WONDERFUL sister, Terri” See how much better that is?? LOL
Roxy Suzanne sounds more like a stripper than an authorLMAO!!!! I think Roxy is a good name for an author. Hmm, rhymes with foxy. Mehehe.Foxy Roxy. LOL.I remember writing as a child but then I got over it. Not a big fan of writing. Oh and I did post about Eclipse. No worries, spoilers are well marked so you won’t read anything by mistake.
Oh, I absolutely believe you got a message! God definitely speaks to us in big and small ways. I like to think I am a church lady, too, but I know I have some mighty big shoes to fill!! Needless to say, I wrote that post thinking of all the church ladies I’ve known and loved through the years including my mom, aunts and grannies.
I think one of Rush Limbaugh’s former wives was named Roxy too? Maybe you could add that into your author bio also, to go with the pseudonym. :oD
Yep, that was definitely a call. And I agree, Roxy Sue / Suzanne sound like strippers. So, if that’s what you’re going for ;)CindyS
I think God talks to us all the time, but we close our ears/eyes/minds to it. So, yeah, good for you listening!!
Hey Roxy, you’ve heard the call from God, and I’m excited to read your response. If you put all your awesome blogs together, you’d already have a book:)
It didn’t sound like a stripper name until you planted the seed! LOL You can do it, write that book so that I can say I knew you when you were just the Jenster!
I often think songs on the radio come as direct signs to me from God! heeheeYou will write this book(s) and it will be fabulous! 🙂