Lost Then Found: Chapter Seven

First of all, before you ask, I have no idea who the chicks in the image above are. It’s a photo I found on some stock photo site. I was like “Oh, hot chicks in masks? RELEVANT.”

And here we are.

Now that that’s out of the way–hi guys! Long time no see.

I’ve written the seventh chapter of ‘Romance and Suspense’ also commonly referred to as Lost Then Found. 

(I swear I will up my book-naming skills for my next story.)
romance and suspense

Click Here to read the long awaited Chapter Seven!

I recommend re-reading Chapter Six too, as it has been quite a while.

I know it has taken me forever to update. Trust me, I know. You guys remind me every day, multiple times.

I was originally going to spend some time talking about why I took so long to update, but I realized that as much as I love you guys and want you to understand where I’m coming from… I’m the Avatar writer and you gotta deal with it B)

I'M THE AVATAR AND YOU GOTTA DEAL WITH IT

I’m also the Avatar btw, fun fact.

BUT if you are new here, and want to learn a little bit about me, then check back here in a few days for another blog post of the personal variety. If, however, you give zero fucks about me, and are only interested in my writing and Lost Then Found, then this is the only blog post you need and you may proceed!

For future reference, if I haven’t updated in a while and you’re wondering where I am. I’m not dead. I’m either:

  1. Working.
  2. Sleeping.
  3. Eating.
  4. Gaming.
  5. Having sex.
  6. Working during the hours I’d normally be sleeping, eating, gaming, or having sex.
alcohol

Actually can you just hook me up to an IV? Thanks.

 

A good way to check if I’ve died is by checking my Twitter account (@TalethP). I’m pretty active on there and if I’ve died it’ll be pretty obvious since I tweet every gay, nonsensical thought to enter my head pretty much throughout the day.

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The waffles are my tweets.

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My twitter followers, probably.

That being said. I will never give up on Lost Then Found. There will never be a time where I say “I’m not going to finish this story.” You know why? Because I have PLANS for this story, including Alex’s Girl.

I want to finish the first draft of Lost Then Found, which you guys are reading, and then I want to edit the hell out of Alex’s Girl, and I want to edit the hell out of Lost Then Found, and then I want to get them professionally edited, and then I want to get professional cover art, and then I want to make that shit available for purchase on Amazon or some shit so you guys can have a copy on your shelves, or in your Kindle Cloud.

So before you message me asking me if I’ve died or if I’ve given up–I HAVE NOT DIED (I am immortal) and I HAVE NOT GIVEN UP ( I have plans).

SO ANYWAY. Back to Chapter Seven.

The Chapter song is Lost Kitten by Metric.

I don’t think there are any major spoilers in the below, but just to be safe you should read the chapter first.

This was a hard chapter to write, not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because there were a lot of…logistics involved? What’s Salvatore’s plan? What’s Val’s counter plan? How would Alex react to this this, and this? How would Laura react to this this and this? What questions would naturally be asked? Etc etc. Once I figured that stuff out it was actually not so bad, but I didn’t have a lot of free time to dedicate to figuring it out.

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GUYS WRITING IS REALLY HARD AND CAN GET REALLY CONFUSING.

The first half of Chapter Seven is a LOT of set up for future events, which I think can make the story seem ‘slow’ but I hope the 2nd half, the party scene, makes up for it.

I actually learned a lot about the venetian carnival while researching masks, and I definitely want to go to Venice.

Here are some masks I was looking at when trying to figure out what fit who:

Wolf Mask– I imagine Val wearing a solid black one, except with devil horns, because of course.

Like a pussy cat version of Laura’s silver lioness mask. These masks are called ‘gnaga’.

Cool ass lion mask.

These are pantalone masks. Gabe was wearing a mask this style. They’re pretty goofy looking, which is why I thought Gabe would totally be into it.

This creepy motherfucker is wearing the traditional Bauta costume. This is what the armed guards were all wearing at Laura’s birthday party.

We all know Darby was reppin’ some shit like this.

Salvatore wasn’t there, but he’d look great in this.

This is what Ciro’s bear mask probably looked like.    Just kidding. I couldn’t find a bear mask that didn’t look stupid af.

Here are some of the traditional venetian mask types!

 

Also, fun fact: There are currently two named characters in Lost Then Found that are actually the protagonists from stories I will be writing one day (and whose stories, for the most part, I’ve fully outlined.) It’s basically like characters from my other stories are making a cameo, except you don’t realize it’s a cameo because you haven’t read their stories yet! Feel free to speculate on who they are.

Anyway I think that’s it. Like I said, there will be another blog post in a few days just to update you guys a bit on my life (and to give you some insight into my busy schedule).

Also I definitely wrote and then never posted the Little Red Riding Hoodie blog post I promised back in like, November, so I’ll eventually get around to that too, I swear.

Back to writing.

Happy reading!

-Taleth.

Read Lost Then Found: Chapter Six

Helloooo peasants!

I’m back with Chapter Six of Lost Then Found, which can be found on Wattpad by following this lovely link: Read Chapter Six of Lost Then Found Now!

Wanted to take a minute to thank everyone for your patience. I’ve recently been promoted at my job (yay!) and uh, I’ve basically gone from leaving the office at 5:30pm every day to not leaving until after 7pm, plus working at home and on the weekends (boo…)

What I’m trying to say is that I’m even busier now than I was before, so please continue to be patient with me.

So this chapter was also told from Val’s POV. 50 pages (ugh) and 23K words. It felt so good to write Val and Alex in the same room again! For longer than 5 minutes! Those two needed to TALK though. Finally.

Here’s the chapter song! XXXO by MIA. This song is pretty old but whatever. I think the obvious song choice from MIA, especially for a Val-centric chapter, is ‘Bad Girls’ but that felt TOOOO obvious so I went with XXXO which is also very good.

Runner Up Songs:

  1. Red Lips by GTA [Skrillex Remix]
  2. Monster VS Angel by WDL
  3. I’m A Ruin by Marina & The Diamonds

 

I also wanted to thank my lovely betas for all their hard work 🙂 It’s not easy getting through 50 pages of crappy writing when you are a busy adult with a job, so thanks to you guys (Cat, Leslie, and Andrea) for all of your hard work.

Speaking of Andrea, here’s a small bit of our conversation the other day while she was editing.

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Look HOW THOROUGH. But also, there are some funnier bits of our convo but I don’t want to post them yet due to spoilers (and also I don’t want to influence anyone’s interpretation of certain scenes.) But maybe I will do a behind-the-scenes esque blog post when Lost Then Found is done so you can see all the crazy shit I talk to Andrea about.

In other news: Skype Group is still on-going. Everyone is very busy these days so it’s not as active so NEW BLOOD is welcome. Search my name on Skype and add me and let me know you want to be added to the group chat 🙂

I’m way too lazy to write a whole other ‘follow me on social media’ thing so I’m going to copy and paste from my last post:

If you’re one of those awesome readers who follows me on all or at least one of my social media platforms and knows not to inundate my inbox with questions about my update schedule… then you can read no further and go enjoy your day, you lil smarty pants you.

If you are, at this very moment, seriously considering sending me another Email/PM/DM/comment/etc to ask me when I plan on updating, please click on these links below and follow me:

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER BECAUSE MY EVERY MUNDANE THOUGHT IS INTERESTING I SWEAR.

STALK ME ON INSTAGRAM I POST FUNNY LESBIAN MEMES AND HOE FILTER SELFIES.

ASK ME QUESTIONS I’VE ALREADY BEEN ASKED A THOUSAND TIMES BEFORE OR OVERLY PERSONAL QUESTIONS ABOUT MY SEX LIFE ON MY ASK.FM.

FOLLOW MY FACEBOOK PAGE SO YOU GET UPDATED THE SECOND I POST SOMETHING IF WATTPAD FAILS TO NOTIFY YOU.

FOLLOW ME ON WATTPAD BECAUSE SERIOUSLY, HOW ARE YOU NOT ALREADY?

Heads up that Twitter followers knew first that I’d be updating today 😉

Chapter 7 news: No idea when I can realistically post this, but “hopefully soon”. Let’s aim for before the New Year. Nice and vague.

On the brightside, I do know what I want to happen in chapter 7, so writer’s block won’t be an issue. It’s really just finding the time to actually write it.

Also just a reminder that Lost Then Found has been entered into the Watty Awards which, okay let’s be real here–fat chance BUT if you comment/vote/share/follow/etc then MAAAAYBE there’s a chance for Val and Alex to become Wattpad famous! Cool.

Expect a chapter 7 preview in a few weeks 🙂

Okay I’m done.

As always, thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy the chapter.

-Taleth.

Lost Then Found: Chapter 6 Preview

Halloooo my favorite minions!

I know this has taken a while. I actually meant to post this sooner, but I kept forgetting to (sorry.)

I’m trying to think if there’s anything worth reporting to you guys…. hmmm nope.

So please enjoy this (fairly long) preview of chapter 6!

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“Do you love her?” I asked suddenly, instantly wishing I hadn’t. I already knew, so why did I ask?

Alex’s lips parted slightly, her eyes widening. She seemed as surprised at being asked the question as I was for asking it. She only allowed her surprise to show for a split second before she quickly cast her eyes downwards, a crease forming in her brow as she avoided my searching gaze. 

After a brief moment of silent contemplation, she said, “Yes, I do.” She turned to look at me. “I do love her,” she stated, this time with more confidence. A strange but beautiful smile spread across her face. It didn’t quite match the look in her eyes, like she wasn’t sure whether she was happy or sad.

“Why are you smiling like that?” I asked, wondering if my question had prompted her to finally find an answer to a question she had already been asking herself.

“It’s just… there’s something strange about hearing that question from you. Do you love her,” she repeated, appearing thoughtful. “That question.”

“Why?”

She hesitated for a flicker of a second before she said, “Because I loved you first.”

Loved.

Her words had barely finished processing before she hastened to change the subject. “What about you and Claire?”

***

As always, text in previews are always subject to change before the final draft.

Wasn’t sure whether to write this chapter in Val’s POV or not but she was being real annoying about it so I was like “Fine, you get another.” Back to 3rd person for Chapter 7.

The long awaited talk is nigh! I couldn’t really post anything else without giving away some key details so this will have to do.

Hoping to post chapter 6 this month! I’m veeeeery busy (even more so now that I’ve been promoted at my job) but I am hoping that I will have some time to get it out before November.

If you’re one of those awesome readers who follows me on all or at least one of my social media platforms and knows not to inundate my inbox with questions about my update schedule… then you can read no further and go enjoy your day, you lil smarty pants you.

If you are, at this very moment, seriously considering sending me another Email/PM/DM/comment/etc to ask me when I plan on updating, please click on these links below and follow me:

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER BECAUSE MY EVERY MUNDANE THOUGHT IS INTERESTING I SWEAR.

STALK ME ON INSTAGRAM I POST FUNNY LESBIAN MEMES AND HOE FILTER SELFIES.

ASK ME QUESTIONS I’VE ALREADY BEEN ASKED A THOUSAND TIMES BEFORE OR OVERLY PERSONAL QUESTIONS ABOUT MY SEX LIFE ON MY ASK.FM.

FOLLOW MY FACEBOOK PAGE SO YOU GET UPDATED THE SECOND I POST SOMETHING IF WATTPAD FAILS TO NOTIFY YOU.

FOLLOW ME ON WATTPAD BECAUSE SERIOUSLY, HOW ARE YOU NOT ALREADY?

Aaaand posting this took about 2 hours longer than I thought it would, so I’m going to bed because I’m going to be a zombie tomorrow.

Goodnight and see you all soon for Chapter 6 😉

-Taleth.

P.S

I was just joking. Please don’t send me overly personal questions about my sex life.

Lost Then Found: Read Chapter Five Now!

Hi guys!

Click here to read Chapter Five of Lost Then Found.

PHEW. What a long wait, huh?

Again, thanks to everyone for being so patient. I had a loooot going on the past few months and it made it really difficult to stick to my update-a-month schedule that I was trying so hard to stick to. Writing is hard, guys.

I’d read the latest chapter first before reading this blog post any further (not that there’s anything particularly spoilery, but just in case.)

Ahem.

This chapter, which is 52 pages long in Microsoft Word, is 100% Val-centric. It’s basically a ‘day-in-the-life-of-our-favorite-mob-boss’ chapter, which I think is good because everyone has been asking to be in her head, and frankly I missed being in there anyway. It’s a good glimpse into what Val has going on, since the story has been very Alex-focused up until this point. Alex does show up eventually, though, so I’m sure that was a big relief to those of you that have been Sterling’d, which is probably 99% of you.

I’m excited about writing the next chapter because I get to have the two of them in the same room again, for longer than ten minutes, for the first time in forever. Writing them separately is a huge pain. I’m so used to them occupying the same space a la Alex’s Girl.

I’d love to know what you guys think of the chapter (as per usual) so feel free to leave comments here or on Wattpad.

Here’s the chapter song! Castle by Halsey (who, by the way, I will be going to see at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. If I can get Halsey to make out with me I will of course let you all know so I can brag about it.)

 

Sick of all these people talking, sick of all this noise
Tired of all these cameras flashing, sick of being poised
Now my neck is open wide, begging for a fist around it
Already choking on my pride, so there’s no use crying about it

(Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei)

I’m headed straight for the castle
They wanna make me their queen
And there’s an old man sitting on the throne that’s saying that I probably shouldn’t be so mean
I’m headed straight for the castle
They’ve got the kingdom locked up
And there’s an old man sitting on the throne that’s saying I should probably keep my pretty mouth shut

Straight for the castle

Oh, all of these minutes passing, sick of feeling used
If you wanna break these walls down, you’re gonna get bruised
Now my neck is open wide, begging for a fist around it
Already choking on my pride, so there’s no use crying about it

(Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei)

I’m headed straight for the castle
They wanna make me their queen
And there’s an old man sitting on the throne that’s saying that I probably shouldn’t be so mean
I’m headed straight for the castle
They’ve got the kingdom locked up
And there’s an old man sitting on the throne that’s saying I should probably keep my pretty mouth shut

Straight for the castle

In other news, the Skype Group Chat is still going on! We’re a bunch of fun chicks that you should come hang out with. To join just add me on Skype (by searching for me via my Email, Taleth.Phaulkon@gmail.com) and after I’ve accepted your add request PLEASE send me a message letting me know you’d like to be added to the group. It’s really that easy, I promise.

ALSO I’m very active on Twitter now, so that’s the best place to go if you’re looking for more consistent, frequent updates on my writing progress. My most recent writing-progress related tweet will always be pinned to the top of my Twitter profile.

Not that I don’t love hearing from you guys but before messaging me or commenting to ask when the next update is, make sure you’ve checked one of my SEVERAL social media sites to see if I’ve answered your question there.

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MY INSTAGRAM

ASK ME QUESTIONS ON MY ASK.FM

I KNOW THIS IS SURPRISING TO MANY OF YOU, BUT IF YOU FOLLOW ME ON WATTPAD THEN YOU WILL GET EMAIL ALERTS THE SECOND I UPDATE A NEW CHAPTER (and therefore won’t have to Email me constantly to see if I’ve updated yet…)

Oh and if you’ve recently messaged me or sent me an Email I promise I will respond the second I have a free moment!

I’m no longer going to promise to update monthly, but I will try my hardest to anyway.

I’ll post the Chapter Six Preview in a few weeks or so, so be sure to check back (or, if you follow me here too, you’ll get Email alerts when I post anything.)

OH and before I forget, I’ve entered Lost Then Found into The Wattys 2016, which is probably a longshot but hey I’m down for the challenge. I’ll be honest–I don’t fully understand how The Wattys work. BUT if you do, then feel free to do your thang and show your support for LtF because winning things sounds cool. Honestly it sounds like they choose winners based on votes, shares, engagement/comments (aka Data analyzed by their ‘data scientists’) so if you do any of those three things you’re helping Alex and Val out, and that’s rad.

Thanks to my lovely betas for reading 52 long pages and correcting my dumb mistakes despite having busy lives (and dumb mistakes) of your own.

Anyway. I love you guys. Thanks for reading!

Goodnight! Catch you on the flip.

-Taleth.

Lost Then Found: Chapter 5 Preview

Hello peasants!

Happy Friyay! May your work/school day be short and boring but in the good way, not the bad way.

I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted anything. I’m sorry. I’ve been really really really really busy. April was crazy and May has also been crazy.

Anyway, I know I warned you all at the end of Chapter 4 that there was a good chance that I probably wouldn’t update in May. I was right, clearly.

BUT I’m hoping to maybe update in June? I don’t know, this chapter is being a huge pain in the ass. I guess you’ll see why when you read the preview though.

Speaking of… here is the Chapter 5 Preview:

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I wasn’t prepared to wake up in the emergency room with a bullet wound and a concussion, but I was even less prepared to find myself staring into Alex Sterling’s stunned face.

I had thought I was dreaming. I used to have that dream often. That nightmare. Her face often plagued my mind, when I was stuck drifting in the chasm between awake and sleep, like some painful, constant reminder that I had been to Heaven for a minute before falling back to Hell where I was destined to stay lost forever, wandering all nine circles like Dante before me.

If my heart was a house, Alex was locked in the basement.

She was a secret I kept buried in the darkest room, a place I never went to except in the late hours of the night, when exhaustion would weaken the defenses I had spent years building. Against better judgment I would open the door and take a peek inside, where I would find her shivering and starving, chained to the wall of my barely beating heart.

My visits to the room grew more and more infrequent as the years passed, until one day I realized I had stopped going entirely.

***

Mmmm symbolism. Delicious.

Oh, and surprise! Guess whose head we’re going to be in for Chapter Five? Here’s a hint– It’s Val. We’re going to be in Val’s head. You already knew that, you didn’t need a hint.

I’m still in ‘first draft mode’ with this chapter so this passage may be completely taken out, or moved around, or tweaked further, or who knows what, by the time I’m ready to post the actual chapter.

Oh, and as for the group chat… if you want to join, you’ll have to log onto Skype, search for my Skype profile/account (searching for it via my Email: Taleth.Phaulkon@gmail.com), add me as a contact, then REQUEST to be added to the group chat by messaging me. This is the ONLY way to join it now.

Goodnight and have a good weekend guys!

-Taleth.

Read Lost Then Found – Chapter 4

Hi everyone!

Here’s Chapter Four, as promised.

Would love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to leave them below (or, you know, in the comments on Wattpad. Whatever floats your boat.”

Chapter Five will be posted (HOPEFULLY) in May. I say “hopefully” because it’s still a very rough draft and I’m honestly not sure if I’ll be able to update the story in a month or not yet. On the bright side, I think you’ll all be pleasantly surprised with it. Not gonna tell you why yet, but you’ll know when I post the preview (HERE) in two weeks, so keep an eye out.

Here’s the Chapter Song: Greetings From Califournia 

Hands up it’s a stick up
Nobody’s leaving this room for a minute
Everyone’s breathing these fumes
That are in it
Sick of the people who make the decisions

Put your hands up it’s a stick up
Hopefully God is still down to forgive us
Nobody’s breathing
Who let the evil in?

What’s in the water?
Are you bothered?
What’s the problem here?

I can feel it go down
I can feel it go down all the way
All the way
Give it to me slow now
Give it to me slow then watch the way
It comes and comes

Handcuffed and I thought of you
I made love and I thought of you
My Daddy died, I just thought of you
My Sister cried and my Mama too
I got a place and I thought of you
I tried to decorate and I thought of you
I’m seeing red but I’m singing blue
I never knew what black and white would fit you too

Anybody, somebody, please
I’m begging
I’m even on my knees
I’ve got a dozen insecurities
But I don’t think you should be worried for me
No I don’t think you should be worried for me

I actually had another song in mind for this chapter but then I heard this song and I dunno, I dig it.

ALSO: In other news… I started a chat group last month on Skype that’s free for anyone to join. It’s basically a bunch of us from Wattpad just hanging out. It’s a 24/7 thing so people pop in and out as often or as little as they like. If you’re expecting a literary discussion you will be disappointed. The books do come up sometimes but it’s mostly people shooting the shit and chatting, which is better anyway.

SO, if you’re interested and wanna check it out, either add me on Skype (taleth.phaulkon@gmail.com) and let me know so I can add you to the chat OR follow this link: https://join.skype.com/NJip7H9A0LbH.

It gets crazy in there (and sometimes totally dead) but it’s fun, I promise!

Anyway, I’ll keep you guys updated about May!

Until next time!

-Taleth.

Lost Then Found: Chapter 4 Preview

Hi Guys!

I know this is a little late but pretty girls distract me on the daily. Chapter Four will be posted early April! Fair warning, it’s a doozy. That’s right, a doozy. 

Here’s the preview of Chapter Four:

“It was a long time ago, for about two months give or take,” Val said, waving her hand in the air as if to shoo the label of ‘ex’ away. “Totally not a big deal.”

Laura was now staring at Val as if through new eyes. Alex wasn’t sure which was more obvious, the intense jealousy or the admiration.

“How did you get her to commit?” Laura asked, leaning back against the bar. She shot Alex a sidelong glance. “I thought Alex committing to a relationship was the stuff of legends.”

The Greco woman spun the straw around her drink then took a sip. She let out a humorless laugh. “It was pretty short-lived,” Val said, lifting her eyes to Alex’s again. “It probably didn’t even really count.”

The look of mischief was gone, and instead Val looked… honest, like her old self. It caught Alex off guard, causing her heart to thud harder against her chest.

The blonde woman was still staring at Val, seemingly speechless. She had never felt so tongue-tied. What was she supposed to say? Was she supposed to go along with this casual mood Val was setting? Why did Gabe disappear when she needed him for moral support?

“It counts,” Alex said, surprised when she heard the words force themselves from her throat. Val was clearly pretending that the encounter they had had last week hadn’t happened, so Alex decided to play along. She took another minute to look Val slowly up and down again. Her soul quaked. “You look good, Val.”

ALEX BACK AT IT AGAIN WITH THE UNDERSTATEMENTS THO.

See you guys in April!

Your friendly neighborhood writer,

Taleth