Here’s a snippet from Lost Then Found‘s Chapter Three 😉
“Alex.” It was Laura’s soft voice. She was sitting on the edge of the bed, her hand lifting and resting on Alex’s forehead. Her soft fingers felt cool against Alex’s skin, and the blonde woman let out a hum to show that she was awake.
“I feel like I got run over by a truck,” Alex mumbled, letting out a slow breath as she felt Laura run slender fingers through her blonde hair. “That feels nice,” Alex said, feeling sleep pull at her once again.
“What happened to you?” Laura asked, and Alex had never heard such a tone in the girl’s voice before. Alex opened her eyes to peer at her. Laura’s pretty copper eyes were filled with tears as she poured over Alex’s face, her other hand gingerly reaching forward to feel over the bruises on Alex’s face. “What did they do to you?” She was choked up, and Alex worried that she might start crying, really crying, at any minute.
“Laura,” Alex cooed, managing to sit up against the headboard despite it sending shockwaves through her abdomen. She winced in pain and grunted, her hand lifting to rest over her stomach. She took a few deep breaths and then put on a mask. She offered Laura a small, fake smile and reached forward to cup Laura’s face. “I don’t look that bad, do I?”
Laura smiled and let out a giggle despite the tears beginning to spill over her cheeks. She placed her own hand over Alex’s, turning her warm cheek into the woman’s palm, her eyes fluttering closed as if to relish the sensation of skin on skin.
Blue eyes were fixated on the concern etched on Laura’s pretty face. Alex hadn’t known that getting hurt would have had such an effect on her friend. “Where’s Gabe?” Alex asked, glancing around the dark room again.
There you have it!
Stay tuned for the actual chapter, which is set to be posted sometime in early March 😉
Just kidding. If I were to actually write a guide to romance you’d all be fucked, and I wouldn’t do that to you, because I care.
This is just a post about my awesome Valentine’s Day plans.
So I’ve been dating this girl, codename SEXY MCHOTSTUFF (McHotStuff), for a few months. We’ve been talking since Thanksgiving but didn’t actually start going on dates until early December. So I guess it’s been like 2.5 months?
Well, whatever. Anyway. McHotStuff is pretty hot and awesome. I’m into her. I’m tryna get dat shit on lock, yo.
Okay no. Seriously though she’s pretty great, so I did some cute shit for Valentine’s Day and I want to share!
So last week, after we had awesome sex, I handed her a card. On the inside I had written ‘Will you be my Valentine?’ and then put two check boxes that both said “Yes.” Sort of like the pic below:
And then in the bottom right corner I put a tiiiiny check box that said ‘No :(‘ next to it (gotta give her the option, at least.)
She immediately freaked out at how adorable it was, and checked off both Yes’s.
So then there was a minor mishap where she was like “Wait, were you asking me to be your girlfriend? It was dark” and I said “uhhh no, the card was asking you to be my Valentine” and then things got awkward for like 10 seconds (because she thought she checked yes to being in an official, committed relationship with me) but anyway, that’s not what this post is about.
I love searching Etsy when looking for funny Valentine’s Day cards. We haven’t been dating very long at all, so anything serious/sentimental is a NO GO. It had to be lighthearted and fun. But also, I’m not a sentimental or serious person, so it was going to be lighthearted and fun anyway.
I was actually in a similar situation a year ago (different girl, obviously), and this is the card I ended up getting her:
So I was like, damn, that’s one ROMANTIC CARD. Gonna be tough to beat! And I couldn’t get this girl (who is TOTALLY BETTER than last year’s girl, and the girl before that, and the girl before that, and the girl before that, by the way) the same card!
So I did some searching on Etsy and LO AND BEHOLD I found the best card that accurately summed up my feelings while remaining relatively minimalist!
So in case English isn’t your first language, this card is funny because ‘Jalapeno’ is the name of a hot pepper, but when you pronounce “Jalapeno” it kind of sounds like ‘Ha-lah-peen-yoh’ and THAT sort of sounds like ‘All-Up-In-Yo’.
So, when you read this card, it basically sounds like you’re saying “I would love to get all up in yo(ur) pants.”
And since I do, in fact, love getting all up in her pants, I figured it was, as Korra says, perfect!
But then the question was… what do I write in it? I asked one of my best friends for advice.
So I ended up writing something similar. Warning: My handwriting is AWFUL. Like. Embarrassingly awful. Basically I have the handwriting of a 10-year-old boy. I tried explaining how bad it is to McHotStuff and she was like “I doubt it’s that bad, I mean you obviously know how to use your hands” which was really sweet but also my sexual prowess has nothing to do with my shitty handwriting.
I know I’m going to regret posting this image online because you’re all going to fixate on how TERRIBLE my handwriting is and miss all this romantic genius I’m spewing.
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Congrats on your face,
And your booty, too.
(but also, like, everything else)
Happy Valentine’s Day!
You’re awesome and stuff.
Let’s make out?
So essentially I’m saying, “I like you! Let’s have sex.”
I think it’s gonna be a winner.
She also loves this magician guy that is always at this bar she goes to with her friends, so she’s always sending me pictures of cool tricks he does for her (I’m convinced he’s trying to bang her but w/e).
So, naturally, I told her I’d learn magic to impress her.
She said, “PLEASE DO.”
SO! I went on Amazon and bought this “magic trick” that I did for show and tell once in 2nd grade. Allow me to demonstrate (apologies for filming this in portrait mode like a plebe):
Now you see the ball… NOW YOU DON’T…Now you do…NOW YOU DON’T AGAIN!
She’s going to be very impressed.
NOW, FOR MY NEXT TRICK, WATCH ME MAKE HER PANTS DISAPPEAR.
I also got her a box of chocolates from Max Brenner (an amazing chocolate place in Union Square).
So yeah, that’s how I will be impressing McHotStuff on Valentine’s Day.
I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day (or Singles Awareness Day, or Galentine’s Day, or whatever other variety of ____ Day they have these days.)
Also, I give you all permission to plagiarize my Valentine’s Day card poem, it’s pretty romantic.
As promised, here is the sneak preview of Chapter Two!
Just a heads up, I couldn’t find a particular part of Chapter Two that I thought was ‘sneak preview’ worthy, or the ones that were gave the story away. So instead I’m just giving you the first few lines of the chapter.
Alex, mind racing, stared dumbfounded at Laura. She had always thought that Laura might still have a crush on her, but she did her best to ignore it. It would only cause problems, anyway, and Alex respected Laura too much to just sleep with her and cast her aside afterwards… despite that being exactly what Alex had done the first night they had met.
Both of Laura’s brows were lifted as she peered steadily at Alex. “So are you going to let me in, or continue staring at me like I just murdered your parents?”
Finally, the doctor came to her senses, and managed to reply, “A mob princess can’t joke about murdering people, it’s eerie.” Alex took a step back and gestured towards the living room. “Come on in. Gabe’s already here.”
“I don’t murder people, my henchmen murder people,” Laura said. “Plus why can’t you just say weird instead of eerie like a normal person?”
Chapter Two of Lost Then Found will be posted in February! If I had to guess I’d say probably sometime during the first week, but don’t hold me to that. Seriously, don’t. It’s a LONG chapter to make up for the fact that most of you had already read the first half of Chapter One back when it was the ‘Epilogue’ of Alex’s Girl.
Oh, in other news, I have brought on another beta to make sure I’m providing the best possible writing to you guys. Yay two betas!
There’s Res, who will be doing the first read through, and then there’s Andrea, who will be doing the second read through. They’re both awesome and well qualified (one is a lawyer and the other is a great writer with a degree in English… or maybe it was Creative Writing? Regardless, they both know their shit.) I’ve also known them both for years, and they’ve read a TON of my stuff. A ton of my really really bad stuff. They’ve seen some shit and I trust them to edit the fuck out of Lost Then Found to the best of their ability.
Also, Important Note: Some established details from Alex’s Girl / Book 1 have been changed in Lost Then Found / Book 2, and those changes will be made to Book 1 during the editing process which will NOT be updated on Wattpad. So if you notice an inconsistency between the two stories it’s probably intentional. First example that’s happened so far: In Alex’s Girl Gabe’s eyes are described as green, in Lost Then Found they’re described as hazel. When I’m editing Alex’s Girl I will be updating it to reflect the changes made in Lost Then Found. Changing a character’s eye color is a minor example, but there will be bigger changes later on and if I remember to I’ll try my best to address them in a blog post.
Okay, that’s it! Stay warm for my fellow east-coasters and see you guys in February 😉
“How long did it take you to complete Alex’s Girl?”
“Where did you get the idea for Alex’s Girl?”
A lot of people have been asking me the above questions so I figured I’d just write a post and explain how Alex’s Girl (and my presence on Wattpad) came to be.
Warning: I’m going to say ‘technically’ a lot.
So technically Alex’s Girl has been in production for a LONG time. Short answer? Three years. Basically, I posted Chapter One of Alex’s Girl Fall of 2012 and marked it complete summer of 2015.
But it’s actually a bit more complicated than that, because I technically could’ve written Alex’s Girl in a year or less (90% of the story was finished by mid-2013), but life got in the way. I didn’t write anything for almost an entire year (2014), but once I started up again it only took me a few months to finish that remaining 10%, and that took longer than it had to because as you probably know, I like to space my updates out and won’t post a chapter immediately even if it’s finished/ready to go, not to mention that one of the chapters (21) wasn’t even an actual chapter, but instead a teaser for book 2.
But anyway, from the beginning:
So, sometime in late 2011 (I was probably 19 at the time, a sophomore in college) I had a dream one night, the description of which can be found on my FAQ page but I’ve also copied & pasted below for your convenience ’cause I know you’re probably a lazy fuck like me:
I had a dream about a homeless girl (running away from something) that got a job at a salon sweeping the floor. Her boss was a hot blonde woman who owned the salon. The girl makes enemies with a hair dresser there, who finds out about the girl’s situation and tells the owner. Instead of being mad, the owner ends up driving the girl to her place, where she promises to let her stay until she can get back on her feet. It’s worth mentioning that ‘Alex’ and ‘Val’ have been in my head for YEARS before this dream, and were at the center of several other stories and plots. But for some reason this dream was so memorable that I had to write it down. In the process I made it more interesting (because bars are way cooler than salons) and voila, Alex’s Girl.
You know those dreams that stick with you for a few days and for whatever reason it has some strange effect on you and you just can’t get it out of your head? This was one of those dreams. What helps me get ‘rid’ of these kinds of things is just writing it out and moving on. So that’s how I started Alex’s Girl: Unintentionally!
I wrote it while I was on a family vacation, and was bored out of my mind. I was sitting on the floor of our hotel room with my laptop in my lap, and just typed up the first few pages of my dream, of what would one day have the ill-thought out title of ‘Alex’s Girl.’
Now, at 19 I had already been writing and working on three separate story projects at the time, and was posting my writing on a different website. I didn’t have time to start a new story, and definitely never intended on turning ‘Alex’s Girl’ into anything other than a quick drabble meant to get my dream out of my head so I can finally focus on other stuff.
I don’t normally write in first person, and hadn’t in years, so it was sort of like an experiment for me, a writing exercise even. I only wrote a few pages. I didn’t even get to the part where Alex’s invites Val to stay with her/AKA write out the whole dream, I think I only got to the description of how hot Alex is before I got bored and closed the document, leaving it to sit in my computer indefinitely. I never intended on ever opening it up or working on it again.
If someone had told me back then that I would not only continue writing Alex’s Girl, but also end up developing what would one day be my first completed story from that terribly written 4-5 page drabble, I would’ve laughed.
So anyway, Alex’s Girl (which was not called Alex’s Girl at the time) sat on my computer for maybe a year, a year and a half? I totally forgot it existed.
So then it’s 2012 I think. It’s the end of the year. I had just gotten back from spending a summer semester in LA and had just broken up with my then girlfriend. It was my senior year, I had barely any classes or responsibilities. Basically, I didn’t have much going on that I needed to worry about. Aside from a few easy classes, life was relatively stress free.
One day I was browsing Reddit and someone had posted a question on r/writing asking about websites where they can post their stories to to get some feedback. Someone in the comments mentioned Wattpad.
I decided to check it out. The platform I was writing on at the time sucked, and Wattpad’s concept of being the ‘Youtube of Books’ intrigued me.
I obviously couldn’t post anything I had already been working on/had on a different site. Soooo what do I post? I looked through my computer for something I could post that vaguely resembled a first chapter of some story.
Lo and behold! I dug up the document that would one day become Alex’s Girl.
Fun Fact: the original Word document was titled ‘Avalanche Flow’ at the time. What’s Avalanche Flow? It’s actually an exact bit of dialogue I remember from the dream. In the dream, the girl is handed a blue drink, and another person (I guess dream!Gabe?) tells her he invented it himself! I included this minor moment in a scene in Alex’s Girl, actually.
Anyway, I realized Alex’s Girl/Avalanche Flow was perfect for testing out Wattpad. It’s the beginning of a story, which is always the hardest part to write, it’s not written too long ago so I didn’t feel as though it was a poor example of my writing quality (these days I would disagree, it’s terrible), and it’s written in 1st person which is ‘all the rage’ these days, as the kids say.
I quickly picked up where I left off, added a few more pages, finished the chapter and presto! Had a very short chapter to a new story.
At this point I still hadn’t planned on continuing it, I just wanted something finished that I could post up on the site and see what the Wattpad community was like (AKA would something I post get any traction or would it disappear into the masses of stories?)
Anyway, I remember being pretty excited getting like, maybe 10 comments!!!
Maybe less than 10 actually. Maybe there were only 20 views and like 6 comments.
Ahhh such humble beginnings.
Anyway, six people seemed to like it, so I wondered how long I could keep the story going, just as an experiment. Anyway I ended up enjoying writing the story! I got really into it. I was writing 20-30 pages weekly, and posting every other week or even every week if my readers hit a certain vote limit. The frequent updates kept Alex’s Girl from falling into obscurity, and each month meant more followers, more views, and more comments! It was awesome. I was on a roll.
Then I met my girlfriend, HLC, and updates slowed down (because honestly I was too busy getting laid and falling in love to write, sorry guys.)
THEN I graduated college in 2013, got a shitty job, left my shitty girlfriend (fuck you, HLC), got a new girlfriend (what up Hillter!), and for an ENTIRE YEAR I didn’t write anything. I couldn’t! My job drained me. My crazy girlfriend drained me. I would stare at Microsoft Word, angry that I was so close to being finished (CHAPTER 18!! Of a planned 20!!) and then would give up.
So I worked there from Fall 2013 to Fall 2014. Broke up with my crazy girlfriend (bai Hillter) and quit my shitty job in the same week almost.
BAM. Everything was better! I started writing again, finished the final 2 chapters plus a Book 2 Teaser (which is truly a miracle because I was almost 100% certain I would not write a sequel, and yet here I am.)
So there you have it. TECHNICALLY, I could have finished Alex’s Girl in a year, but I took almost an entire year off before finally writing the final chapters.
Alex’s Girl took a very long time to get ‘popular’ if you can even call it that. At it’s height it was ranking extremely high (top 50/70s) in the romance category on Wattpad’s Hot List, but that required lots of frequent chapter updates and I’ve learned recently that taking longer between chapter updates allows me to provide higher quality writing!
Once I finished Alex’s Girl and marked it as complete the views SHOT UP, which is pretty cool, but I also fear I lost a few readers somewhere in that nearly year-long hiatus.
Anyway. That’s how this all started! From a 4-5 page drabble that was never meant to see the light of day to my first completed (and most popular) story!
And now I’m working on a sequel, I can hardly believe that still.
But I’m glad I wrote Alex’s Girl. I learned a LOT during that entire process, a lot about myself and writing and even about you beautiful, impatient fucks that I love so much.
In Lost Then Found news, a snippet of the upcoming chapter to follow once I can find a worthy part, so stay tuned 😉
As most of you know by now, Alex’s Girl has come to an end. About a month ago I posted an “Epilogue” and then revealed that the epilogue is, in fact, actually just the first few pages of the sequel! I called it an Epilogue so as to surprise you unsuspecting readers with the sequel announcement at the end 😉 and it totally worked. Once I post chapter one of the sequel, I will retitle “Epilogue” to “Book Two Teaser,” which is more accurate.
Obviously I’m really excited about this new project! I love writing, and it’s always nice having a ‘project’ for me to work on when I have some free time. I’m also absolutely thrilled to have finally finished something… I’ve started many stories and have never finished them, so I think it’s a good sign that I’ve finally learned to not give up and to see a story through to the end.
What’s in store for Alex’s Girl? Well, I’ll be re-reading it (for the billionth time), editing it, changing some things, and then sending it off to get edited by a professional and maybe see about getting it self-published as some people have expressed interest in owning a physical copy, which might be a neat idea if Wattpad ever crashes or something. Not sure about that yet, but we’ll see. It will definitely take some time because I’m much more interested in writing than I am in editing. Editing is boring.
As for the awaited sequel… well, here are some quick facts about it, to hold you guys over until I actually post it!
Ten Fun Facts about the Upcoming Sequel to Alex’s Girl:
The working title is, Lost Then Found. It’s cheesy as hell, but nothing is worse than ‘Alex’s Girl.’ Also that’s a direct line from AG (bonus points to whoever can find the chapter that it’s in.)
This is sort of related to the previous fact: The first thing Alex ever says to Val is, “Are you… lost?” The first thing Val says to Alex in the sequel is, “Found you.” We’ve come full circle!
I will post the sequel when I’ve written the first five chapters. I’m doing this so that it gives me time to write more chapters without making you guys wait too long between updates. I’d ideally like to update on a schedule, posting one chapter per month. If I have five chapters finished when I post, that gives me 5 months to focus on writing more chapters without pressure.
Yes, we will hear about what Val has been up to this entire time.
Yes, we will find out what is going on between Alex and Laura.
Yes, we will see the return of some characters from Alex’s Girl.
Unlike Alex’s Girl, which was heavily focused on Val, Lost Then Found will be more Alex-centric.
There will be no first-person POV chapters. The entire story will be written in third-person. That does not mean, however, that I will never write a first person POV drabble anyway and post it here for shits and gigs.
The plot of Lost then Found will delve much deeper into mafia stuff and “powerful rival families” drama than Alex’s Girl did. Alex’s Girl certainly set up for both of these things.
Here’s the current cover:
One day I’ll get both covers changed to something else (the models used for the Alex’s Girl cover actually really bother me… Alex’s model has a man-chin and Val’s model is some saucy latina), but both covers cost me $10 each so I can’t really complain.
I also just wanted to take a minute to thank you guys for reading Alex’s Girl and sticking by it even when I hadn’t updated it in over a year. Writing that story was quite the journey, there were times where I wasn’t sure if I’d ever finish it… but I’m lucky to have such awesome readers who waited patiently for me and showed me constant support by sending me thoughtful messages and leaving me encouraging comments.
Also, thank you for showing such an amazing amount of support for the sequel! I was beyond happy to see just how much everyone was in favor of a sequel, and just how excited it made everyone. Knowing that you guys are excited about it is what makes me eager to get these first five chapters done as fast as possible so I can see your reactions (pretty much my favorite part of writing is reading your comments.)
Anyway, enough sappy stuff. The next time I post here will probably be to announce that I’ve posed the sequel, although if you are following me then you will already know the second that I do.
Hey guys! So I just finished Season 2 of The 100 last night. I’m all caught up!
I initially only started watching this show because I saw some gifs of hot girls kissing on Tumblr. Which is actually how I start most shows these days.
I’m only human. And gay.
Anyway, here are my lingering thoughts on the show.
1. Why are the Grounders okay with being called “Grounders”? Do they not have a name for their people that they’d rather be called? I assume the writers didn’t want to introduce another official name for the Grounders because the audience could get confused. But it makes no sense that they would refer to themselves as Grounders, or allow themselves to be called by a name like that, when until a few months ago there was no such thing as Sky People. If they call themselves the Woods Clan/People then why don’t they ask the Sky people to start referring to them as that? I guess it doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as well as “Grounder”.
2. The 100? More like the 30.
3. When Bellamy asks Lincoln “Why Octavia?” and Lincoln goes into this long explanation of finding some guy on a space ship… seriously? Why do you think, Bellamy? Octavia is hot. This is not rocket science (see what I did there? Rocket science? Rockets? Sci-fi? Hilarious.)
4. Pacifist Finn gets a total personality shift thanks to what I’m sure was the falling popularity of the character (honestly, he’s not cute enough to be Clarke’s love interest, marketing 101). They needed an excuse to kill him off (to keep Clarke open to other romantic possibilities AKA to keep things interesting) and so they turned him into a homicidal maniac so that we wouldn’t mourn his death too much. I never liked Finn, but ruining a character by going totally against their established personality just so you can justify killing him off is some shit writing.
5. Clarke obviously can’t be with another woman, because this is mainstream TV and that will never fly with audiences, so they give a mini demonstration of Clarke’s bisexuality to show how progressive they are and then, of course, ruin the relationship before it has a chance to develop. Now no one can say they are homophobic, because see! Clarke had a kiss with a girl, once! From here on out, all Clarke’s love interests will be men. I predict that there will be Lexa drama in season 3, which may involve more romantic stuff, but it still won’t end well, possibly with Lexa’s untimely death immediately after she (finally) redeems herself.
6. Who the fuck cares about Thelonius? The dude thinks he’s Jesus. The only reason he left the main camp is because he is on a power trip and can’t handle not being chancellor. Also, he threw some dude off a boat? What the fuck?
And here are all the pairings I ship:
That being said, I really did enjoy this show, even season 1 where there was no sign of lesbians anywhere. I’m going to continue watching and hope Lexa makes an appearance in Season 3 (despite my predictions under #5.)
Oh, and slightly related note: I have a review in the works about a TV streaming service that’s basically Netflix for lesbians/bisexuals/queer girls so I’ll be posting that soon, stay tuned!
Like I said, it’s a bit shorter than usual, but really it’s not about length. When a chapter is over, it’s over. Writing more for the sake of length would probably just produce erroneous crap.
The main story is technically over, however, there is an epilogue. It will also be short. BUT. I think you guys will like it.
Wattpad also updated their system for uploading stories/chapters to the site so I can’t believe I have to say this but… good job Wattpad.Especially after the shitfest that was trying to upload Chapter 19 (not sure if you guys remember, but when I tried to upload the new chapter, all the formatting was messed up and I had to go through manually and add in every. single. italics. and. bolding.)
Maybe they took my advice and finally hired a competent web/UX/UI designer?
Anyway, aside from this, I have a few other things going on. Stay tuned for this blog to be updated with more content (aside from just announcing when a new chapter has been released.)
Thank you guys, as usual, for the constant support and patience. I really appreciate all of you, even if you just read and leave. Like, would I appreciate you more if you left a comment/voted/followed my account, etc? Sure! But I appreciate you lurkers anyway, ’cause the whole point of writing is so I can share the weird stuff in my head with you weirdos who find it entertaining.