Holy crap, that was a hard part to write. It took at least five different drafts before I got it to a point that I was semi happy with it, and then another couple hours of editing to get it publishable.
Describing Az in his full demon glory is disgustingly difficult. Ugh.
So, today is my wedding anniversary, and my hubby is off saving lives (he’s working.) It’s six years, which isn’t one of the important years, but the fact that he tried to get it off and was denied because no one would cover his shift for him makes me, well, sad. Not only that, but he found out last night that he has to work Father’s Day as well. I took five days off work to spend with my husband, and I’ll only have seen him on two—yesterday and (hopefully) Monday. 🙁
But, I got to spend the day with my family which is always rejuvenating. My son got to scream and play with his cousins. Much Mexican lasagna was consumed by all (except my son because unless the food has sugar, natural or man-made, he won’t eat it.)
I got some more writing done. Two more parts published on WattPad today. A prologue (which gives us a little peek into what Az was like pre-Jocelyn) and another part for Lawson.
I spent about two hours last night while hubby was out mowing the lawn writing down the plot lines of the story and combining them which took a lot more work than I thought it would. I had originally started X-Team as three separate story lines that weren’t going to collide. But I had a change of heart and have managed to combine them all into quite the little novel. There are still a few kinks that need to be worked out, but the plot line is pretty much done. Phew!
One last thing: as a new writer on WattPad, the one and only thing I would love to know is whether it’s just family and friends reading my work or if strangers are enjoying it, too. If you guys know anyone who might be interested in paranormal stories, share the WattPad link for my story with them. It’s been entered into a contest (yay!) but I need to widen my reader base. Like, A LOT. So, any help you guys can provide would be awesome.
I don’t even know what part I’ve got published now. I’m writing this stuff so quickly that my fingers are moving too fast for my brain. Typical.
What I want to blog about today, however, is obsession. Why? Because I’m obsessed. I get this way every time I get into a story, whether reading or writing. When I’m driving, there’s always a part of my mind putting my characters through certain situations and seeing how it ends up. If it’s interesting, it usually makes it into the story. If not, then oh well.
Driving is actually when I do most of my story planning. I know, I know, I should be concentrating on the road, and I do. I promise (mom). But there’s always a small part of my mind with my characters. No matter what I do, no matter what I try, I can’t help it. It just happens. The instant I sit down in that driver’s seat, my imagination takes off.
Music makes it worse, too. Certain songs just seem to mesh with my story. Sometimes it’s so close to the story line or a character that I get chills. I imagine that if my stories were to ever be made into movies, that song would have to be on the soundtrack. I’d require it, in fact.
Right now, the song “Diamond Eyes” by Shinedown is one of those goosebump songs. I’ve been thinking a lot about Az and this song encompasses a lot of who and what he is. There are a number of other songs that bring up scene ideas for this story, but I’m not going to mention them as they’ll be spoilers.
I guess it all comes back to motivation. Music has always been a big motivator for me. Almost every song in my phone is connected to a story somehow and it’s nice reminiscing as I go through the playlist: stories that never got started, characters that never formed completely, scenes that would be great but don’t meld well with the story line… They’re all special to me and maybe someday in the future, they’ll get their moment under my fingers on the keyboard, but until then…it’s all about “Diamond Eyes.”
This means the next part will be back to Lawson and his fellow shifters. But his story is finally going to start getting interesting. After all, the worst thing that could happen to a shifter is to be seen by human eyes. Or is it? (Dun Dun Duuun)
More happy news. I HAVE THE NEXT FIVE DAYS OFF! That means more writing, more spending time with my son, and more sleep. Three of my top favorite things!
Ahhhh…life is good.
X-Team Three is in the top 50 stories in the paranormal category on WattPad! This is fantastic news! So excited!
Part Ten is now published! Back with Az and we get to see another side to him. What happens when he puts the playboy away for a moment and really allows himself to feel.
Part 9! Wow! Been working hard!
Now we’re back with Lawson.
Part 8 is up! Theo and his wonderful personality have another section of story. It’s not so much action as the last one was, but we learn a little more about X-Teams in general and their relationship with the government.
And I feel sorry for poor Gina. Not because she’s injured, but because she’s now under the watchful eye of Zane and Theo—lighter fluid and fire.
Oh Theo. Theo, Theo, Theo…
I’m currently working on Theo’s part three in X-Team, and I’ve got the whole thing written, but it’s not descriptive enough for me, and I can’t seem to be able to come up with the proper words right now.
I’m loving this three-tiered story I think more than I’ve loved any of the others I’ve written, and there’s one reason for this. I’ve put myself into the characters. Each character is a facet of me. Lawson is my loyal/leader side. Az is my flirty, fun side. Theo is my angry side. The secondary characters are all a part of me as well. Cora is my “I’m woman, hear me roar” side. Amelia is my gentle side. Zane is the part that knows my anger (Theo) and can focus it. Drew is the part that has a purpose, but is mostly just along for the ride. Tanga is my confidence. Trace is my fuzzy, teddy bear side. There are three other X-Team agents that have yet to be introduced, however, and I can’t wait until they arrive.
Writing this has been like personifying my personality, if you will. If I happen to be pissed one day, I can write Theo perfectly. If I’m feeling lonely, Trace comes naturally. If I’m channeling the woman my mother taught me to be, Cora’s perfect. Az, however, puzzles me a little. I can write Az anytime, whether I’m happy, sad, downright depressed, or so pissed off that I’m considering throwing my laptop into the wall. He’s comes naturally to me. I like to think he’s my romantic side coming out (despite the fact that he’s a demon), but I think he may actually be what I missed out on when I was younger. That carefree phase that most new adults go through in college. I got married young to my high school sweetheart and moved 400 miles away from home a year before I was married. I missed all of that. I went from teenager to wife and skipped the transformation period where you got to make mistakes and laugh at them because they ultimately meant nothing. Az is that to me. He’s the part I feel I missed, and I’m ecstatic that I’ve found a way to relive that part…through my stories.
I’m beginning to wonder if Az should be his own novel…
Part Seven: Jocelyn has been published to WattPad. Go read it. I loved writing this part. It’s always fun switching between points of view while working through scenes.
One thing I’ve changed about the WattPad story is the order in which I’m writing the parts. I had been doing Az first, Theo second, and Lawson third, but Lawson’s second part isn’t coming together quickly enough for me so I’ll save that for another time. Az’s parts, however, won’t leave me alone. My brain is constantly coming up with possibilities and conflicts for him. And they’re all fun and they all should make it into the story, but I don’t know if that’s possible.
I think the reason Az’s story is coming so naturally to me is because his is the romance story out of the three. I love romance. I’ve read so many romance stories that I’ve probably killed a good acre or two of forest. Well, if I read paperbacks. I prefer e-books so the trees are safe for now.
So, anyway, go read it. And comment if you’d like. I have yet to have a comment on my WattPad site. I feel left out. 🙂
Edit: I just realized I forgot to include a link to the story. Duh. Here ya go.