Whelp, it’s back to work for me today. After five days off and tons of writing, things are going to start slowing down again. It’s hard to write when I’m supposed to be running two ambulance stations.
But…I am still writing. I actually got 200 words of Lawson’s next part done today. That means at least 800 left. I always try to post parts of 1,000 words or more.
I will let everyone know when Lawson’s part gets published. Until then, see ya!
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.
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.
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.
First of all, I’m sorry I’ve been gone for so long. Whatever caused that computer issue I had before was so bad that I had to buy another laptop, and I’ve been very careful with this new one. So careful that I was avoiding my blog for fear that it may have been my problem with the last one. (It began shortly after I started the blog. So 1+1=2.)
Secondly, I miss blogging, and the only way I’ll be able to find out if the blog caused the problem is to, well, blog. It has the possibility of being a costly experiment, yes. But at least I’ll be able to come down on WordPress if it happens again.
So, anyway, I’m still writing. A lot. A LOT. My brain has been cracked and in the frying pan lately, however, which means I have about 15 different stories started and only one finished. Part of the problem is that my work schedule has changed. A LOT. I got a promotion and now I’m not on the streets as much anymore, working 7am-5pm Monday thru Friday behind a desk. I love my new position, but it doesn’t leave much time for writing. I get in what I can, but I’m not making the same progress I was before my promotion.
I’ve restarted the blog/Wattpad story, however. X-Team 3, in case you need a reminder. (I know I did.) I’m in the middle of Lawson’s 2nd part, and it’s going well. I hope to have it posted to Wattpad sometime this weekend so keep an eye out for it.
That’s about it for this post. Oh, one other update before I go. I won’t be posting daily like I was before. That’ll be a little too much between work, writing, and spending time with my family so I’ll post at least once a week, but probably more. If you’re subscribed, you’ll be notified when I post so don’t worry too much about it.