Writing: A New Endeavor

There is a new serial fiction in town!

This idea pretty much tortured me for well over a year, and I figured the holiday season was a good time to start it.  It’s mainly a fantasy story, but it also has zombies, werewolves, elves, and other magical creatures.  And yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus but that particular aspect of the story will be unlike the one we now have in this world.

 

Not Your Usual Christmas Story

Click on image for the original story site

Click on image for the original story site

 

 

Can also be found on Juke Pop Serials and Wattpad

Early next year, I plan to create a “book” trailer so stay tuned for that!

Synopsis:

(Fantasy/Horror)

Samantha Dunham lost everything, her husband and her young son, to a virulent pandemic that’s sweeping the world.

Struggling to find the will to survive, she finds herself swept up with a small group of survivors made up of mostly children who have been placed in her charge. Along with Lieutenant Lance Shirley, they all will soon find themselves journeying to another realm that will prove to be fantastical as well as terrifying.

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An Opportunity To Be Published

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Some of you may know that I’ve been writing a serial fiction over at Juke Pop Serials called Tomorrow Falls.  I entered TF in to the SWP16 (Summer Writing Project) contest sponsored by both Juke Pop Serials and 1888 Center, and on July 1st, TF was among the top 25 selected as finalists for the next round!

What does this mean?

Throughout the month of July, the top 25 writers selected will be participating in a series of events, essays, and podcast episodes as well as workshopping and promoting our stories.  On August 1st, the story with the highest participation by its readers (how many hits the story generates, the time spent reading each chapter, etc.) will be selected to be published.

Exciting, huh?

Throughout this month, please share this link with your readers to help me promote Tomorrow Falls.  I will be posting some of the items I’m participating in throughout the month as well (interview, essays, etc.).

 

(*Note: For all 25 of us, our stories are WIP meaning we will also be tasked with editing/revising over the course of the month as well.)

 

 

 

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Tomorrow Falls

In the END there are three things that last: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love. 

In a matter of days, Tess’ world became nightmarish.  Something was unleashed that turned people into hideous, blood-thirsty creatures. She soon became the hunted as she fled the only home she ever knew in search of a safe haven.

Beck has always been running from something.  Until he met Tess.  He knew if she ever found out about some of his past sins, he feared she would never forgive him.  

Can they survive what’s to come, together?  Or, will they be ripped apart by past secrets that could ultimately doomed mankind?

 

 

So Many Choices

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Since my goals for both challenges (sixteen and seventeen) go hand-in-hand, I have combined them. day seventeen

I’ve contemplated on several ideas to run as a series, and then publish them in an ebook, for a long time.   Jeff Goins and his Intentional Blogging challenges have been instrumental in helping narrow down those multiple ideas to just two.  Now, I’m turning to my readers to help me decide which idea to take on.

Which series would you prefer to see?

 

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To Finish or Not To Finish (A writer’s dilemna)

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As a writer, I struggle with many things; but my biggest challenge is finishing something.  The shorter the story, the better I am at completing it; however, if I try to start on a book idea, I get about a quarter of the way through and then I stall out.   Usually life gets me side-tracked and I never go back to it.

I even attempted a long fiction project by writing it one chapter at a time (aka web fiction or serial fiction).   So far, three serial stories are now defunct.

I’m hopeless!

Or, maybe not entirely so.

In the past, the only thing that have worked for me is by participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where I’ve been successful more than 50% of the time (hey, that’s better than zero!).  So, this year I’ve decided (after a four-year hiatus) to try again.

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What about you?  What are you currently struggling with?

 

Juke Pop Serials: Next Chapter Is Up!

The next chapter is up for Death’s Knoll at Juke Pop Serials!

 

Chapter Six  Now Or Never

(by clicking on picture below will take you directly to the chapter)

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Synopsis for Death’s Knoll (just in case you’re wondering what this story is about):

A mysterious virus is spreading and turning people into ravenous beings. Two teenaged boys find themselves in a life and death struggle as they try to search for a safe refuge. A brother of one of the boys hides a shameful secret. A young woman with no memory of her past joins them in their fight for survival. All will soon discover that nothing is what it seems.

 

 

Juke Pop Serials and Chronicles of the Claus (making a case for writing web serials)

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For those who write web serials, you’re probably familiar with Juke Pope Serials.   If not, read on.

“Reinventing the Book Publishing Model” (taken directly from the Juke Pop’s website:

“JukePop was formed to help publishers better locate new emerging talent by nurturing talented writers that are often uneconomical for major publishing houses to handle. JukePop serves as a content incubator, allowing publishers, to glean the “right” books from its trove. The platform pro-actively and constantly tests readers of a specific demographic to gauge the acceptance (or not) of individual books. JukePop also provides the individual writer with access to publishing channels for his/her work. Unlike conventional and other ePublishers, JukePop’s distribution begins as soon as a writer completes his first chapter. In terms of literary content, JukePop is rejuvenating the lost art of the serial pioneered at the dawn of publishing, when authors such Charles Dickens reached mass audiences by serializing novels a chapter at a time in newspapers that nearly everyone could afford.”

To read more on how Juke Pop Serials work, check out the link: How It Works

Writing web serials isn’t for every writer.  I write them as a way of creating a book one chapter at a time while receiving feedback from readers as to what works or what doesn’t work.  It’s also a good way of testing certain ideas or story-lines  ahead of  time to gauge the readers’ readiness to embrace them.  There are several formats to have your web serial presented to the public (aka readers).  You can post the chapters on a blog, or go through sites such as Wattpad.  You can submit to Web Fiction Guide to have your serial listed to make it easier for readers to find your story.  You can also use Juke Pop Serials which I’ve decided to give it a try with my current web serial, Chronicles of the Claus.

The challenge?  Like televised series, a serial on Juke Pop needs to receive enough votes from the readers in order for it to continue.  And for those serials whose stories are hot, Juke Pop will reward the authors.

I submitted the first chapter for Chronicles of the Claus to Juke Pop a few weeks ago, and it was accepted.  The first two chapters have been published on their website and I’m looking for readers’ votes to help keep my serial alive 🙂

To read the first chapter, here’s the link: The Last Normal Day

If you’re a writer and would like to give this a try: About Juke Pop Serials

Spread the word!

 

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NaNo Or Not

I briefly considered participating in NaNoWriMo this year, but (ultimately) decided against it.

Why?

One, I don’t have a story; or, rather not one that would be novel-length.

Two, I wouldn’t be able to devote the time and energy needed.

However…

I’ve decided to start a story (web serial) that my son may enjoy reading.  I plan to post more information about this in the My Web Fiction page above.

What about you?  Will you NaNo this year, or not?

 

Wednesday Tidbits

It’s been an emotional roller coaster since my last post in June.

June!

A dear co-worker and friend of over six years died suddenly.   I knew her health wasn’t good, and I also knew it was always a possibility….but gosh when it actually happened it hit me hard.  *Sigh*

This past Friday we had to put one of our cats to sleep.  She’s been sick (cancer of the thyroid).  She wasn’t eating.  She found it increasingly difficult to breathe.  It was an agonizing decision to make to put her to sleep; but we felt it was best for her.  She’s now in kitty’s heaven.

Pain aside, I did manage to post two additional chapters to the web horror serial, Redemption

Chapter Twenty-six

Chapter Twenty-seven

I’m going to try to enjoy my day off today by starting with a hot cup of coffee and a buttery bagel.

Happy writing everyone 🙂

A Little Bit of This and That

It’s a rainy day as the remnant of T.S. Andrea makes her way through the region.  I decided to take a day off today for safety reasons since there’s flooding in the area.

Plan to write today. I’ve been working on a 3-page short screenplay as an assignment for a course I’m taking.  Right now it’s up to 2 pages.  The title is “The Watch.”  I’m not focusing on the formatting bit (yet); need to flesh out the story bit first.  I got the “discovery” and “change” parts down; just need to develop the rest further.  I may post this online in the near future for comments.

I also need to finish writing the next chapter for the web serial, Redemption but may not get to that until Saturday or so.

I recently signed up for the 7DayStory challenge where in 7 days you write a short story.  I have a few ideas floating around in my mind, but needed an extra boost to get me started on them.  Stay tuned!

Oh, and I was recently interviewed on a blog by Christine Rice.

That’s it for me.  What’s going on in your world?

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Camp, Serial Fiction and Screenplays

Didn’t write as many words as I’d hoped for Camp NaNoWriMo; ended up with around 5,000 words, well short of the goal (10,000 words).  I’m okay with this though; there’s always July or even November 🙂

I haven’t been completely unproductive.  This past week I posted two new chapters to Redemption:

Chapter Twenty-four

Chapter Twenty-five

In case you don’t know what this story’s about, here’s a brief synopsis:

Anaya and her family survived an apocalyptic event by seeking refuge in a city deep underground; however, this safe haven isn’t what it appears to be.

I recently bought a new book from Amazon:  Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect by Claudia Hunter Johnson.  I wrote two feature-length screenplays (Eternal Bond and Storms of the Heart), but I feel in order to increase my chances of having anything produced I should start with the short screenplay.

What do you think?  A good idea, or not?

 

Almost Camp Time!

I’ve decided to become a first-time participant in the Camp NaNoWriMo this year which will start in a few short days.

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Are there any of my fellow readers/writers who will also be participating?  If so, here’s my camper’s profile if you like to add (and I like to add yours too!): http://www.campnanowrimo.org/campers/carrie-ann-golden

My goal for April is to write 10k towards my web serial, Redemption, in an effort to try to complete part one of the Underverse series by the end of this year.

Shaky Ground

Starting off the New Year on shaky ground with the flu (the entire family came down with this).  Work-wise, this is not a good thing.  What could I do?  Spread the love?

Yeah, right.

I’m venturing more into the nonfiction arena this year with a new blog called Whispering Shadows, which will be part memoir and part journal.  I’ve been toying with this idea for a number of years; and this year I decided, what the heck, let’s get it on!  Once completed, I will need beta readers to help me revise and edit, and then I’ll have to decide how to have it published.

In April, I plan to write pretty much nothing but poems.   One of these years, I will have a poetry chapbook published.

Then I have my web fiction work to focus on, especially Redemption. I’d love to complete this one by the end of the year.

There are also other stuff I hope to work on, plus my “resolutions” that I previously posted about.  If I manage to be successful on even a handful of these, this should be a productive year.

Stay tuned!