Where One of My Stories Finally Gets the Spotlight!

Well, just Featured, really, on Wattpad.

Sorry, but just wanted to blow my own horn for a bit.  So I hope you don’t mind…

Starting today, Sept 16, Broken, my Lucas North/MI-5 story, is now a Featured Story on Wattpad. If you’ve been living under a rock and know nothing about Wattpad, it’s

“a place to discover and share stories: a social platform that connects people through words. It is a community that spans borders, interests, languages. With Wattpad, anyone can read or write on any device: phone, tablet, or computer.

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Boasting 25 million members and growing, who read and post (and probably write) stories on mobile 85% of the time, it’s a force to be reckoned in this new digital age.  Hey, R.L. Stine of the Goosebumps series  is on there! 

When I first starting writing again, I used to post it on my Blogger blog (since deleted), and then moved it to a WordPress blog.  Then I discovered Wattpad.  I could catalog my own stories and at the same time read other stories on there.

One writer that I discovered there is Rowena Wiseman, who writes this wonderful book called Searching for Von Honningbergs that you can get from Screwpulp for $1 (yes!  A $1! and it’s really good!  Even her title is sooo cool).

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 8.52.45 PMOn Wattpad, I can gauge how people were responding to my stories, whether by their likes or votes (whatever the yellow star is called on the upper right hand of your Wattpad screen, or the bottom of your mobile screen), or their comments (which I’m sorry to say I never paid attention to the notifications when I started in 2012 because I never thought people were actually reading my stories to begin with), or when they added your story to their libraries.  Some readers are pretty vocal and very encouraging and many others I would like to think are just quiet and don’t comment or click like.  But every time a new reader clicks on a chapter, the Read ticker does a +1, so you can gauge just how many people are reading  your story.

286282030a435d999c54c393d1b582b8_zps5e08a1d5Broken – Lucas North/MI-5 Story is my AU version of Lucas North for Season 7 and beyond.  It started out as a short story (Chapters 1 & 2) and from there, I spent a few sleepless nights till I finally got up and said, Crap, let me just get it all out then…darn muses!

So I’ve been wordy enough as it is.  If you’d like to read some pretty cool fanfic with a lot of twists and turns and rollercoaster highs and lows (we are talking about Lucas North here after all), give BROKEN a try!  If you’ve already read it, thanks so very much!

And oh, yes, check out Wattpad, if you’ve got the time.  There are some amazing gems on there!

Fragile – A Nonet

Three in the morning and he can’t sleep
The nightmares keeping him awake
White tiled walls and cold vinyl floors
Visions he can’t yet shake
Though now he’s back home
He’s still alone
Wondering
Dreaming
Home

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*A Nonnet is a type of poem which has nine lines.  The first line has 9 syllables, the second 8 syllables, the third 7 syllables until the ninth will have only one syllable.  It’s supposed to have an iambic meter, where every other syllable is stressed (my first nonet so I have no clue if I’ve followed the iambic meter rule…)

Daily Prompt: Lucas North On Line One

You receive a call from an unexpected person. Who is it, and what is the conversation about? Go!

In the middle of writing chapter 29 of Broken, while I muse about how I really need to devise a way that I can work out AND finish this story because my ass is just getting bigger and bigger as I sit and write it, the phone rings.  Oh, I forgot, it sings (I had switched the ringer to Richard Armitage singing “Misty Mountains” acapella-style) and for a moment I listen till he finishes the second line before I snap out of my reverie and answer the call – it is just the ringer after all.

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Me: Hello

Lucas North:  It’s me, Lucas.

Me:  Oh.  I still haven’t gotten to your part – If that is what you’re calling about…

Lucas:  That is what I’m calling about.  You’ve been taking your sweet time with this.  Wasn’t this supposed to be just a two-parter?  It wasn’t even a chapter back in November, if I remember correctly.

Me:  I know, but Alexa was too good a character to let go.  Besides, I had challenges to meet as a writer.  And you have to admit, Lucas, you do like her —

Lucas:  Still, you’re already at 99,000 words and you still aren’t close to tying all the loose ends, V.

Me:  But I am trying, Lucas.  I’ve been trying for, like, three weeks now.  But I’m honestly pissed at myself for putting all that effort into fan fiction though.

Lucas:  But it’s fan fiction about me, V.  About Section D.

Me:  I know.  I’m just whining because my ass just got bigger instead of smaller the past four months.   (sighs) Anyway, I was saying — I never realized that tying up all the loose ends is the hardest thing – ever.  Hey, Lucas, did you know that Ernest Hemingway had 47 alternate endings for Farewell To Arms before he settled for the 48th one which ended up in his book?

Lucas:  And why are you mentioning Farewell to Arms, of all books?  You do know its ending, don’t you?  Because I will be very upset if you end it the same way —

Me:  I just mentioned it for the 47 alternate endings they found after his death, Lucas.  That’s all.

Lucas:  (Pause) I do get a happy ending, right?  Because after eight years in a Russian prison, I honestly deserve better …

Me:  Well, you do know that I follow MI5/Spooks canon up to a point —

Lucas:  And you do know what the writers have in store for me in Season 9, don’t you?

Me:  Lucas, even I’m not stupid enough to follow it up to season 9.  It is horrible and I can’t even begin to tell you how how horrible it will be unless some alternate universe being steps in to change it all.

Lucas:  No comment.  You already know what I think about that.  That’s why I agreed to that two-parter you proposed to me last November.  You said it would be a happy ending then.

Me:  Really, it’s just up to season 8, Lucas.  You know you can’t avoid Sarah.  If you only knew what they’ve christened her on Twitter –

Lucas:  What’s Twitter?

Me:  Never mind.  You don’t want to know.

Lucas:  (sighs) Whatever.  Anyway, if you say it’s only up to season 8, then I trust you.  This was just supposed to be some erotica piece you wanted to write to prove to yourself that you could write as good as that woman who did ‘Fifty Shades of…something.’

Me:  Of course I remember (and I think I did a bang-up job, really).  But, Lucas, did I deliver?  Was it good?

Lucas:  A gentleman never kisses and tells, V.  And, erm, that’s really between me and Alexa.

Me:  I’ll take that as a yes, Lucas.

Lucas:  (coughs nervously) So, you are almost finished, right?

Me:  Kinda.  Some people are getting impatient though and it’s making me nervous.

Lucas:  As long as you don’t pander to the critics and end it prematurely, I’m okay with that.  You’ve got to write this for yourself, okay?

Me:  Okay.

Lucas:  Well, I’ll leave you to continue what you were doing.

Me:  Erm, Lucas, I was wondering…maybe you and I could, one day, you know —

Lucas:  (coughs) Erm, V, they’re both right here with me. They say hi, by the way.

Me:  Oh.   (Awkward pause) Say hi back to them for me, Lucas, and … thanks for calling.  (whispering) Oh G*d, that was so embarrassing.

Lucas:  That’s okay.  We’ll keep that one between you and me.  (Pause)  Oh, and V?

Me:  Yes?

Lucas:  Don’t forget my happy ending.

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I’m Not In Control…

Sometimes the words fail me

Ray Bradbury was one of my favorite writers and I loved his work ethic and his childlike enthusiasm in entertaining the muse simply by writing and writing and writing till the muse grew tired.

And as for my muse, well, he still keeps me going even long after I stop writing, and for that I’m grateful.  It’s also cheap entertainment.

Tying Up Loose Ends with “Broken”

I’m at the point of my story Broken where I really need to end it and give my characters some peace and quiet and maybe even a happy ending (that way I can move on to my novel).

In 21 chapters, I ended up with so many plots and sub-plots that there are just too many ends that need tying up into a nice big bow – and still manage to pull off something decent.  Even if it’s just fan fiction.

And so after spending too much time away from my story of Lucas and Alexa (like, 3 days – just imagine if I had to go on vacation for a week? Hasta la vista, story.  It was nice knowing you), I’m in need of a jolt to the senses in getting the ‘feels’ for Lucas to get the story flowing again.

So this is just a post (to myself, really) to remind me who my character is and just how kick-ass he is.  Not too bad to the eyes, too.

Something from my Tumblr blog today that served to kick me into high gear.  Thank you, whoever you are who posted this!
Something from my Tumblr blog today that served to kick me into high gear. Thank you, whoever you are who posted this!