THE SCRIBE Is Now Live On Wattpad!

Guess what? I’m finally using my Wattpad account!

I’ve been working on a novella specifically for Wattpad for a few months now. It’s been through a lot including three name changes. Some of you might know the story as “Special,” others as “The Librarian,” and now it’s finally “The Scribe.”

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This novella originally started as a special Short Story Sunday. It ran through the month of August, each part being posted on Sunday and ending with a poll. My readers chose what they wanted to happen next in the story. You can read the original story HERE. Through that, it sparked some new ideas for me.

I decided to expand upon the story in November during NaNoWriMo. The story ended around 50,000 words, which was fine for me because I wanted it to be a novella.

After editing for a long time (and I mean a long time), I got the story to around 17-18,000 words. It’s a fantasy with Greek mythology roots. Here’s what it’s about:

“When one Scribe becomes three, three Fates will become one.”

Sadie Powers is an average college student. She has a couple of good friends and a boyfriend and has straight As in her classes. So, why does her science professor want to see her in the library late one night?

Professor Hobbs, well known by the students as “Crazy Hobbs,” gives Sadie a notebook. He claims it contains special paper. He wants her to keep it a secret and to use it wisely. He knows she will do great things with the notebook.

Believing him to be crazy, Sadie heeds his words with a grain of salt. But when he shows her the Room of Destiny hidden within the school’s library, Professor Hobbs explains Sadie is the next Scribe. She is to keep order and balance within the seven billion people residing on Earth.

The Scribe’s job is supposed to fix any unjust or premature deaths using her notebook and powerful quill. How is she supposed to tempt with Fate? Because, as far as Sadie knows, magic doesn’t exist… Does it?

So, I’m proud to say The Scribe is finally published on Wattpad! I’ll be uploading one chapter every day until the story ends. I do hope you give it a read. I’ve worked hard and I’m happy with how it turned out. I hope you are too.

You can read the story HERE or click the image below. If you like it, please spread the word and feel free to share it around the internet.

Enjoy!

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Let me know if you check out the story. I’d love to hear what you think. Let’s chat in the comments below!

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“Special” – A Summary [NaNoWriMo 2017]

I’m not good at writing summaries. Or blurbs. Or synopses. Whatever you want to call it.

I try to whip up a decent one for my blog and for my NaNo page every year. Obviously, I think it’s nice that other people know what I’m writing about. If anyone cares at all.

I usually come up with something good enough once I finish outlining. I wrote this summary before I finished outlining and I have to say that I don’t think it came out too bad. Of course, this is going to change once I finish writing the book anyway.

Still, I hope you think it sounds intriguing.

Paige Powers is just an average college student. She’s doing well in her classes, has a great friend in her dorm roommate, Meredith, and is graduating soon. All she has to do is survive one last semester and then she’s out in the real world.

It’s not until Meredith’s science teacher, Professor Hobbs, calls Paige to his office after hours one night. Curious, Paige meets his summons where she’s given a notebook. She’s told it’s special. She’s told she can do great things with the notebook. She’s told to use it wisely and to keep it a secret.

Paige keeps the notebook hidden, but not because Professor Hobbs told her to, but because she thinks he’s crazy.

She then discovers a hidden secret within the school’s library and sees magical quills writing on their own in various notebooks. Professor Hobbs explains they’re the quills of fate and Paige must help make sure everything is in order.

Does this have something to do with the notebook that was given to Paige? How is she supposed to tempt with fate? Because, as far as Paige knows, magic doesn’t exist… does it?

And that’s that. I hope it’ll turn out better than it sounds.

This will be a novella that I’m going to publish on my Wattpad page. This is expanding upon my Short Story Sunday series from August. If you haven’t read that, please go do so. If you like it, hopefully, you’ll want to read this once it’s on Wattpad!

What are you writing for NaNoWriMo next month? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

Unwritten: A Summary

For April’s Camp NaNoWriMo I decided to write something completely new. I’ve been working on so many projects so I thought I would add words to existing works or edit.

However, it’s still NaNo, even though it’s Camp. I always feel like I’m cheating if I don’t start something new. I was going to just suck it up and add words onto my mystery series or something when one random day I thought of a brand new story idea.

I kept thinking about the idea thinking of new scenes and clever lines. I wrote them down in a notebook filling up a couple of pages. The next thing I knew, Camp NaNo was emailing me to set up my novel as April was just a month away. So, I thought, why not write this new novel?

It’s not going to be a priority after Camp is over, but who knows? If it turns out well maybe I’ll post it on Wattpad or even deem it worthy enough to publish someday.

In my March Goals post. I mentioned this new novel briefly. I wanted to give myself some time to outline and really give the plot a good look-over before explaining the story any further on the blog.

Since Camp begins in less than a week, I thought it was time to finally share what the story is about.

I have no idea if this summary is going to do the story justice or even if it’ll change down the road, but this the basic gist so far.

When Scott O’Malley loses his wife, he doesn’t think his life can’t get any worse. But in addition to losing his best friend, work hasn’t been going well either. His assistant is a college intern who doesn’t know what she’s doing and on top of everything else, he loses his promotion.

He’s frustrated at work and his home reminds him too much of his late wife. He soon loses all will to do anything, until he meets his new neighbor, Lily Bloom.

Lily is too happy for Scott’s liking as she flies by the seat of her pants, taking in each and every day as a new opportunity, and giving a positive outlook on everything no matter the circumstances.

Lily takes it upon herself to get close to Scott as they come to realize how alike they are. The more Scott shuts himself away from the world, the more Lily is determined to show him how to live his life again and to rewrite the path of his own future.

What did you think? Is this the type of story you would read? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Lost Girl

Show of hands: who loves Peter Pan?

I’m sure you all know by now that Peter Pan is my favorite ever. I mean, I cried when I met him.

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of different Peter Pan re-tellings such as Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum and Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I also recently read the original story, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.

All this talk about Peter Pan has inspired me to write my own re-telling of the story.

I began writing when I was 10-years-old. I wrote Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan fiction. I haven’t written any fan fiction in a long time, but I think it will be fun to get back into it.

For April’s Camp NaNoWriMo session, I will be writing The Lost Girl.

Unlike most other re-tellings I’ve read, I’m adding a new character into the mix. This story is basically asking, “What happened after Wendy?” But there will be a new character to give Peter and the Lost Boys a run for their money.

I’m not very good at writing summaries, but this is what I came up with so far:

When Grace hears a beautiful melody in the distance, she curiously wanders into the forest. Before she knows it, she’s in too deep and becomes lost.

She meets a gang who call themselves The Lost Boys along with their fearless leader, Peter Pan.

At first, Grace thinks it’s fun to be one of the boys. She loves the idea of never having to grow up, never having any responsibilities. Soon she quickly forgets about wanting to go home and decides living in Neverland is exactly what she wants.

But she soon realizes that living in Neverland isn’t just fun and games–it’s about survival. Dangers face Grace in ever corner of the forest as well as deadly pirates searching for the Lost Boys.

Grace has already gone too deep into the forest. She’s already forgotten most of her family and friends. She has no choice but to stay in Neverland and fight for her survival, protect herself and her new family.

Because once you’re lost, you can never leave Neverland.

I hope that summary does the story justice.

If you’re interested in learning more about The Lost Girl and following my progress on writing the story, you can do so at my Camper Profile.

What are you writing for Camp NaNo?

What Should I Write For Camp NaNo In July?

Another session of Camp NaNoWriMo starts in less than a month. Normally I would write the next novel to my George Florence series, but seeing that books two and three still need editing while book one needs rewriting, I don’t think I want to throw book four into the mix just yet.

With that being said, other than short stories, I haven’t written any other novels in a long time.

I have six novels completed. The genres range from fantasy, romance, general young adult, and mystery. I have many more ideas where that came from; all different genres, too.

With that being said, I’m not really sure what I want to write for Camp NaNo next month.

I want to start outlining the novel as soon as possible, but seeing as I can’t decide on what to write… You see my dilemma, yes?

I thought I would let you guys decide what I should write. How exciting does that sound?!

I’ll give you three options because I’m torn between those ones. Below are the summaries for each novel. Underneath the summaries I’m going to give quick summaries to the five titles and below that there will be a poll.

So the rules are simple: read through each summary, decide which novel you think sounds the best, and then vote on that novel on the poll. See? Easy-peasy.

I’ll most likely post which novel I’ll write on Tuesday (June 9) or Thursday (June 11) of next week, depending on how many votes I get.

Thank you guys so much in advance! I really appreciate the help!

A Job to get Done

Ruxbury is a small town in the middle of nowhere. It’s a quiet town with friendly people who all know and help one another. In such a small town with no problems, only one officer is in charge. Owen Gray, who has lived in Ruxbury his whole life, takes over as the town’s detective when the previous detective retires. His job turns out to be less than glamorous, but he makes it through each day.

Lynx is a runaway who is visiting Ruxbury for the first time in her life–as the town’s thief. When she joins a group of rogues in the middle of the woods, Lynx is assigned to Ruxbury as the common thief. Whatever her leader tells her to grab, she steals it quickly and silently with no one as the wiser.

When Owen becomes suspicious that this isn’t an act of the townspeople, he catches Lynx red-handed. It turns into a game of cat and mouse and the two grow closer all while trying to stay true to what they believe in. For Owen, it’s protecting the law. For Lynx, it’s breaking the law.

Cybertra

In the year 2300, androids are used to help people as butlers, maids, cooks, delivery services; anything to help the human race in a good way. Everyone loves their robots. Hannah Noel’s father is a scientist; a famous scientist. He creates the largest production of robots for their country.

When Hannah’s father dies, Hannah discovers some her father’s research to be missing. She believes him was murdered when no one else does. With the help of a few robots, Hannah jumps on the case wondering why anyone would need to kill in order to get their hands on some robotic information.

Hunter (The Hunt #1)

Cat Webber is the daughter of big-shot Charles Webber, founder and owner of X-Terminate; a company that rids of mutants off the streets to keep humans safe. Raised as a Hunter, Cat believes all mutants are bad simply because they’re different from humans. However, her morals are questioned when she gets to know some mutants; especially Brandon Hurst.

Brandon Hurst is a mutant who can teleport and bend time. He knows some secrets about X-Terminate and Charles that Cat doesn’t even know about. Cat is curious to find out what Brandon may or may not know. It’s not until she discovers her father is killing off the mutants that Cat struggles with taking her father’s orders or if she should stand up for what she believes is right.

Detective Florence (Book One)

Summary…

Can a laid off detective and a college student solve a murder?

When Detective George Florence is laid off from the police department, he decides to start his own private detective agency. However, things don’t work out as planned as he hasn’t had any cases in a month and his bills are piling up. But just when he is about to close his office doors for good, Lilah Williams, a 20-year-old English major at the local community college, shows up at his door. She has a robbery case for him. All she asks in return is information on her father, the late Detective Joseph Williams, who also happens to be the detective who trained George. George agrees, but only for one day. But when Lilah sticks around longer than intended, a body is discovered within the robbery case and more information arises from Detective Williams’ death.

Who is the robber? Who is the killer? What is it about about Detective Williams’ death and does Lilah know more than what she is letting on? Just what did George get himself into?

Saving Each Other

Summary…

Three strangers intertwine under random circumstances. However, none of them question it because for some strange reason, it feels right to them and they all get along. There’s Luke, a 23-year-old who has a business degree, but is stuck working as a teacher’s assistant in a preschool. The only thing he is focused on is getting his career back on track. Then there’s Blake, a 20-year-old who has no educational background nor does he have a job, but he doesn’t care. The only thing he is focused on is getting his girlfriend to allow him to stop sleeping on the couch and back in bed with her. Lastly there’s Sierra. She’s an 18-year-old attending college attempting to have a normal life, but she is the main target of bullies due to her one blue eye and one milky white eye. However, bullies are not the only ones who target her. Sierra knows there is someone out there who knows who she is, but she doesn’t know how they know her or what they want. Luke and Blake step in to keep Sierra protected, but they end up getting in deeper than they expected.