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 😉
So I won the one-shot competition (hosted by the GirlxGirl library as mentioned in this post and this post.)
But anyway, apparently I’m the “overall” winner, which is pretty cool! There’s a cash prize (as well as other prizes that I will be receiving in the mail). Sweet.
I was beyond happy to find out about it (about an hour before my final presentation of my undergraduate college career, no less!) And of course, totally surprised.
I shall take this time to thank everyone who readA Method of Disciplineand liked it enough to vote for it! I could not have done it without the support I’ve received from all of you, so I am eternally grateful to have such amazing readers.
Thank you to the GirlxGirl Library on Wattpad for hosting the competition (I hope they’ll host more, they’re super fun!)
Congratulations to all the other winners!
And also to the non-winners, who wrote and submitted some amazing stories.
Blah you’re all amazing and if I could I would totally take each and every one of you out on a date to show my gratitude. (And yes I’d get you drunk.)
And I’d also tell you how great you look
And then maybe…
Okay, totally kidding about that last one (maybe)
But I guess since I can’t do that, I’ll just keep writing instead!
So the GirlxGirl library recently announced that the voting period for the one-shot contest is now open!
Here’s their message:
The voting is now open for the girlxgirl one shot competition. To vote for your favorite story all you have to do is send the girlxgirl library account a private message with the name of the AUTHOR as well as the TITLE of the story. You can vote for ONE story PER CATEGORY and one OVERALL winner (this person can be from any category).
So your ballot when you send it in should look like this.
Romance: Teen Fiction: Non-Teen Fiction: Overall Winner:
Feel free to copy and paste this ballot into a message. Only one vote per person. The Voting begins today April 24th and will end on April 29th!!!!
If you haven’t checked out all the one shots yet, you still have time to do so before you cast your votes. Happy voting everyone. Remember private message this account with your votes.
Why they don’t just create a few polls and post a direct link to them, I don’t know. Seems like it’d be easier (not that it’s particularly hard to send a message, of course, but it takes so much effort to get people to even click a button and VOTE for a chapter that I doubt many people will bother sending a private message with that form filled out.)
Anyway, click HERE for the one shot entries and HERE for my entry, A Method of Discipline.
Also, you can vote for A Method of Discipline as BOTH the Non-Teen fiction category winner as well as the overall winner, as in your ballot can look like this:
Romance: Someone else Teen Fiction: Someone else Non-Teen Fiction: A Method of Discipline by Taleth Overall Winner: A Method of Discipline by Taleth
(which would kind of make sense if you think A Method of Discipline deserves overall winner then chances are you think it’s the best in non-teen fiction category, right?)
Obviously, I’d love it if you guys voted for A Method of Discipline but if you choose to vote for a different entry I won’t hold it against you 😉 Although I may hold Chapter 18 hostage until you vote for me…
But anyway, what’s important is that you guys take the time to vote, not for me necessarily, but for the stories that are your favorites 🙂
So fill out the form and send it in a private message to the GirlxGirl Library! You have until the 29th, which isn’t a very long time, so get to it!
Good luck to my fellow writers! You all did an amazing job.
So my friend from home left this morning but we had an awesome weekend (despite my roommate acting like a psychotic, jealous girlfriend) and so I now finally have free time to write chapter 18! Wow. It’s almost been a month since my last update! I’m looking forward to writing it though, and I already know what my next projects will be. I will also have a pretty big announcement when I post chapter 19 (yes 19, not 18) that I think everyone will be excited about.
So since I can’t go back to sleep due to the construction going on outside I’m going to write instead!
This is me whenever reading over something I’ve written:
I’m actually really happy that this contest happened because I definitely did not have enough time to work on Chapter 18 as much as I wanted to. This mini-project was kind of the perfect size for me to handle since I was so busy this week. Basically I still got to write and feel like I accomplished something even if it wasn’t the new chapter.
I’m not entirely happy with my entry (but when is a writer ever happy with anything they write?) but it was a lot of fun to write and definitely good practice since I’ve never written a one shot before.
I did not have it in me to write something new, with all new characters. So even though my one shot is about Alex and Val it takes place in an alternate universe, with tweaked versions of the characters. I’m not going to mention what the story is about, but I think everyone will be (pleasantly?) surprised. I’m hoping no one gets really confused thinking that it’s a part of Alex’s Girl because it’s not, just uses the same characters. I had a poll on my Facebook page and everyone seemed to want an Alex/Val story anyway so I doubt anyone will be terribly disappointed.
Obviously I hope I win but I’m really excited to see what everyone else has come up with!
I keep writing something to submit to the contest but it always ends up being too long or just clearly something that is meant to be a much longer, multi-chaptered story (which is actually kind of cool because now I have like 4 super condensed stories that I can turn into major ones.)
So while this is pretty frustrating, it shows me that I actually might need to practice pacing. I can write epics, novels, whatever… but short stories and one shots? Can’t do it. It’s weird that I have no problem developing plots that can stretch over 100K words and yet struggle over writing something under 3K words. Then again, I should be grateful that it’s not the other way around.
I’m going to try again and submit something but it won’t be very good.
This weekend I’m extremely busy working on projects that are due both Monday and Tuesday. Hopefully I can post the chapter preview for Chapter 18 sometime around then. As for when Chapter 18 itself will be posted, I can’t say. My college years are coming to a close and now that we’re reaching the final stretch I’ve been given a LOT of work to do for my finals–which are two, extremely in-depth presentations.
Once I graduate, however, I will be updating on a regular schedule again 🙂 Perhaps even more frequently than every two weeks since I usually don’t do anything during my summers except work out and… yeah, that’s about it.
So I decided to create an actual site that wasn’t on Tumblr (as much as I love Tumblr.)
I don’t actually know what I’m going to put here, probably just more blog-like stuff. I’ll probably be writing about my life a bit more, lesbians (which is also partly my life), and of course my writing.
So to anyone who doesn’t know who I am, I’m Taleth. I write stories and post them to Wattpad, which is a site I have a ton of issues with but I’ll probably dedicate an entire post to that later.
I’ll be 22 in a month and I’m graduating from college this spring.
I am a coffee addict, as well as a gamer and a comic book geek.
My role models include Xena, FemShep, Wonder Woman, Batwoman, and a bunch of other fictional characters (because real people are boring, apparently.)