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The Locker Room: Surprise Valentine’s Day Story

Hi guys!

I’ve posted a short story called The Locker Room over on Wattpad.

It’s really bad because I wrote it a hundred years ago but anyway, just so we’re clear:

THE STORY ‘THE LOCKER ROOM’ IS NOT, IN ANY WAY, RELATED TO THE STORYLINE OF ALEX’S GIRL OR LOST THEN FOUND.

Yes it uses Alex and Val.

No they aren’t ‘the real’ Alex and Val.

I wrote it for the same contest I had originally written A Method of Discipline for, and ended up going with A Method of Discipline because it was a teacher/student story and guess what kind of stories are always the most popular on Wattpad? Well, back then anyway. Now it’s billionaires. But I digress.

You can read more about it on the FAQ because I’m expecting an onslaught of “wait is this the prequel?” and  “Why are they in high school together?” etc. from people who don’t know how to read all my warnings ahead of time (people still ask me if A Method of Discipline is related to Alex’s Girl or Lost Then Found). 

ANYWAY.

Happy Valentine’s Day, to all of you. Yes, even you.

Thank you for reading all my junk, I really appreciate it.

No, there’s no news on Chapter 9 of Lost Then Found. JUST TAKE YOUR SHORT STORY AND GO.

Till next time!

-Taleth.

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A Thank You Note

I know, I know, it’s weird to see my posting ANOTHER blog post so soon after another, but I have a good reason!

Mostly, it’s to thank you guys.

I’ve got to say… when Wattpad basically ruined the launch of Chapter Eight I was pretty bummed out. I always look forward to posting a new chapter, and I can ride that high for days.

I don’t know if you guys realize this, but for writers, especially us amateur ones writing on Wattpad, being able to see your comments is what makes posting our stories online so much fun!

Reading your comments is why I continue to post to Wattpad. It’s obviously not because Wattpad is a superior site in any way (yeah, right). I could post my writing to any other site. I don’t have to post it at all, even.

But I post to Wattpad because if they do one thing right, it’s letting us see how how our work can affect other people. The jokes you guys make in the comments, the reactions to our big plot twists, the speculations you make on future chapters we haven’t written yet… we love it all.

It’s exciting to see complete strangers, who could be anywhere in the world, interacting and engaging with a story you’ve spent so much time and energy on. When you guys look at something we’ve created and end up being as excited about it as we are: It makes it all worth it.

So while we write for free on Wattpad, we’re “paid” by your votes, your comments, your follows, etc. Your support as readers, your continued interest, your excitement over our work, is part of what keeps us writing. It’s often the motivation that has my ass staying up to finish one more page. 

I’m not saying this is the only reason why I write, obviously, or that it’s the only reason why voting/commenting/following on the stories you enjoy is important (AKA it gets us noticed by publishers) but you guys are really important to the process too.

I’m writing this blog post because the outpouring of support I got on Twitter and on Wattpad was really nice. I wasn’t expecting it. I was a little down because my longest chapter yet, a chapter I was REALLY excited about posting, glitched out due to Wattpad’s technical issues. Hardly anyone could read my chapter, and those that somehow managed to weren’t able to vote or leave comments. AKA I had excitedly shouted “HERE LOOK AT THIS THING I WORKED HARD TO CREATE” into a (mostly) empty abyss with no response. Not great.

But so many of you reached out to me on Twitter to help me bitch out Wattpad, and to say how excited you were over the chapter, or how bummed you were you couldn’t read it. Some of you that managed to read it came to my Twitter to let me know how much you loved it, or you sent me messages on Wattpad to tell me how much you enjoyed it.

Guys that meant a lot to me. I don’t want to get cheesy or anything but I think it’s easy to get lost in the numbers sometimes. I know that people (generally) like my stories, but going out of your way to show me support made me feel it more clearly, I think. I’m not sure how to describe it. It made me feel proud of my work, that people cared enough about it, or liked it enough, to let me know that they enjoyed it.

In any case, I think it’s amazing that you guys took time out of your day to message me, because it’s so easy to read and run. The majority of my readers never comment or vote. They log in to read and then they bounce until the next chapter is posted. That’s fine of course, and expected when you offer something for free, but it makes the fact that I received so many messages today that much better.

Anyway. I’m hoping Wattpad will stop being shitty and magically start working again (because god knows it’ll take a miracle). People have been experiencing similar issues and Wattpad has responded saying that the issue may ‘fix itself in 24 hours’. I’m not hopeful, because it’s fucking Wattpad, but once everything is fixed I’ll be sure to send out another notification!

So yeah, that’s it. I just wanted to let you guys know how much I appreciate you leaving me comments and messages when I wasn’t expecting to get much of anything at all.

I hope when you guys finally can read the chapter, that you enjoy it.

So, thank you for your support! And happy eventual reading.

-Taleth.

 

 

 

Lost Then Found: Chapter Eight

Update: Chapter Eight is currently unavailable due to technical difficulties. Hopefully Wattpad stops being garbage at some point today. Sorry!

Hello!

As you can see, Chapter Eight of Lost Then Found has been posted to Wattpad, and you can read it now by clicking HERE.

It’s a bit of a doozy so uh, buckle up.

If you need a refresher, here’s a link to Chapter Seven.

Chapter Song is Kill V. Maim by Grimes. It literally has the words “Italian Mobster” and “B-E-H-A-V-E ARREST US!” and “I don’t behave!” which I liked bc lol #SoVal. Like to me this song is her theme song the way the song Help I’m Alive (by Metric) was for her in Alex’s Girl. Also the song is just super weird and catchy. Happy listening!

Happy reading!

Taleth.

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.)
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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.
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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: 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.

Read Chapter Three of Lost Then Found!

Hi everyone!

Chapter Three of Lost Then Found has been posted to Wattpad!

Click HERE to read it.

And click HERE to read last month’s chapter, Chapter Two.

Here’s the Chapter Song:

My friends don’t walk, they run
Skinny dip in rabbit holes for fun
Popping, popping balloons with guns, getting high off helium
We paint white roses red,
Each shade from a different person’s head
This dream, dream is a killer
Getting drunk with a blue caterpillar
I’m peeling the skin off my face
‘Cause I really hate being safe
The normals, they make me afraid
The crazies, they make me feel sane
I’m nuts, baby, I’m mad,
The craziest friend that you’ve ever had
You think I’m psycho, you think I’m gone
Tell the psychiatrist something is wrong
Over the bend, entirely bonkers
You like me best when I’m off my rocker
Tell you a secret, I’m not alarmed
So what if I’m crazy? The best people are
All the best people are crazy, all the best people are

Mostly I picked this song because SOMEONE does some crazy shit at the end of Chapter Three and I imagine Alex is thinking something along the lines of “Is this chick nuts?”

To which I’m sure she would say, “Uh, yeah, kinda.”

The chapter preview for Chapter Four will be posted in two weeks, right here and also on my Facebook page which can be found HERE.

Chapter Four will be posted in April 2016. No that does not mean April 1st, 2016 at exactly 12:00AM. It’s a SUPER FUCKING LONG chapter and a LOT OF AWESOME STUFF HAPPENS and I’m REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT IF YOU COULDN’T TELL BY MY USE OF CAPS.

Anyway, thanks again to everyone for reading and for voting and commenting!

Also thanks to my lovely betas, Res and Andrea, who are super fucking helpful and my writing would be a shit show without them.

See you in two weeks!

-Taleth

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