Just dropping by to mention that I’ve posted Chapter Nine of Lost Then Found to Wattpad, which you can read by clicking here: Lost Then Found Chapter Nine!
Chapter Song: Crime by Grey feat. Skott
I apologize for how LONG it took me to finish this chapter. Truthfully this year has been… insane for me. I’ve traveled quite a bit, got promoted, left my job of three years for a different one (which I’m still getting used to), got my motorcycle license, and yeah it’s just been… crazy to say the least.
However, I’m fairly optimistic that this next year will be better. At least, I’m going to try and find time to write more, so I can finally finish this book I first set out to write in 2016!
I did want to thank everyone for continuing to read my story and waiting patiently (most of the time). Because this chapter took so long expectations are high, which makes me nervous, but I can say that I’m excited to write Chapter 10. I’ve already started it and I know exactly what happens in it (since I originally thought I’d be able to fit the events of Chapter 10 into Chapter 9, but alas, I’m long-winded and don’t know how to pace my stories at all).
Also would like to thank Andrea and Leslie for beta’ing this 62-page, plot-heavy chapter (yes, it’s really the size of a novella) on Christmas Eve/Christmas. THAT IS DEDICATION. But really I owe them a ton, and am so grateful to have them by my side while I try and make sense of this crazy lesbian mafia nonsense in my head (and also all the other stories swirling around my head that are waiting for their turn). Their feedback is always invaluable to me, and allows me to provide a better chapter for you guys, so yeah, thanks guys!
I HAVE been toying with the idea of writing shorter chapters (30 pages-ish) and updating more frequently, but we’ll see how this next chapter goes. As you know I hate disrupting ‘the flow’ and can only end a chapter when it ‘feels right’ (AKA cliffhanger-perfection) so limiting myself to 30 pages may not go as well as I thought. Willing to give it a shot though if it makes writing a chapter less daunting/more ‘doable’.
Anyway. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful year, and that this next year is a great one full of booze and babes and more of whatever you wish for yourself.
Thank you, as always, for reading. I hope you enjoy.
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!
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)
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:
Working during the hours I’d normally be sleeping, eating, gaming, or having sex.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
“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.”
She hesitated for a flicker of a second before she said, “Because I loved you first.”
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.
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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.