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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Genre Placement (Poll)

I need your feedback on a story I’m currently working on.  The first novella is done and live on Juke Pop Serials.  I’m struggling with which genre to place it in.  The story is called Tomorrow Falls.

Books: Man’s Greatest Achievement (Short Story)

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Gray clouds hung low in the sky as a group of teenagers clambered down the street littered with rusted and mangled vehicular bodies.   Houses on both sides of the disintegrating asphalt stood in various wretched shapes.   Woods warped.  Windows smashed or missing. Vinyl sidings bent like painful hang-nails.

The group turned down a particular graveled pathway which led to a large, crumbling brick-laid building that stood three-stories tall.  A sign stretched across the middle of the structure with words etched in the marble slab: Esmond High

As soon as they crossed the threshold, they turned right and entered into a large room.  Inside the open room several long tables spread across the dusty tile flooring, each partnered with two deformed metallic chairs.   Large windows lined the far wall of the room, and like the others, many were either missing or broken.  They also provided the only source of lighting.

The younger version of adults sat at the three front tables, and waited in silence.

Moments later, a man shuffled into the room.  Long, wispy white hair hung long from his head.  White-black beard partially covered his face, its bottom touched his ragged red and black plaid shirt.

“Good morning, class.”  His hoarse voice crackled as he slowly hobbled to the front where a small wooden desk stood.

“Good morning, Mr. Pike.” The teens replied in unison.

He gingerly set down a plastic bag on top of the desk which wobbled with the weight being pressed on it.  Mr. Pike groaned as he forced himself to stand straight, and turned his cataract-riddled, hazel eyes to the classroom before him.

“It seems our number is ever growing smaller.” He sniffed.

“Marge’s parents have married her off to the Mableton’s clan so she won’t be coming back.” The only female in the room spoke in a quiet voice.

“Ethan, Sam, and Levi have been recruited to the front line.” The dark haired male in the center table said.

“Sal was killed with his parents last night by thieves.” The smallish boy next to the brunette female muttered.

“Madness.” The old man whispered as he rapped his arthritic knuckles on the wood.  “This is what we’ve been reduced to.  Constant warring with one another.  Servitude and slavery.  Mockery and misery all around us.  All due to stupidity.  Stupidity.”

“Mr. Pike?”  The girl’s voice drifted to his ears.  “Are you alright?”

He shook his head hard and blinked several times as he struggled to regain his focus on the remaining kids.

“Yes, yes of course I’m alright!” He snapped as his hands gripped the plastic bag.  “It’s a bit disconcerting when I see our future being ripped from us, that’s all.”

“What’s in the bag, Mr. Pike?” A petite oriental boy from the table directly in front of him asked.

The elder released his grip on the bag and began to pat it. “Ah, yes.  The bag.  I discovered the content last evening when I was rummaging through a building that was once a library.”

“What’s a library?” The girl asked.

“My dear Oona.” He smiled. “A library was used to house what we called books.  Books were once the foundation of which we built a great civilization. Books were what brought us out of the last Dark Ages.  They enabled us to become highly advanced and educated and enlightened.   They were the glue that held us together.”

“What happened?” The small boy next to Oona asked.

“Man grew stupid, Darrin. “He answered. “We grew so enamored with technology and all our wonderful advances, and decided to get rid of books, which contained everything, to rely solely on digital machines.”

He glanced across the room and saw that all eyes and ears were completely attuned to him, and continued. “Then the storm happened and wiped out all the technology, and with it our heart and soul as a specie.” He raised a hand into the air. “Hence, you see the result all around us.”

“So…” Mr. Pike reached a hand inside the bag. “For the next few weeks, we’ll be reading two of the greatest books ever written, in my humble opinion, by man.”  And pulled out two heavily worn hard-covered books. “Moby Dick and War and Peace.”

“Could we take turns reading them?” Oona breathlessly asked.

“I don’t read too well.”  The oriental boy moaned.

“Don’t worry, Mai, I’ll help you.” She smiled.

 

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Okay, questions for the reader:

1.  What message do you think this story is trying get across?

2. Would you want to read more of this particular story?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

 

What’s In A Blog (this one in particular)?

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I’m continuing to participate in Jeff Goins’ 21 days of intentional blogging and his challenge today is a doozy for me.  He wants us to identify three particular elements of our blogs:

1. Subject

2. Theme

3. Objective

 

I’ve been blogging for oh, seven or eight years now and I honestly haven’t given much thought to any of these elements.  Well, better late than never…let’s give this challenge a whirl shall we?

Subject

The subject matter for this blog generally bounce between genre and serial writing to poetry/motion poetry to movies and to various issues within the entertainment and writing industries.   This is probably one of the main reasons why I named this blog “A writer and her adolescent muse” since my mind moves all over the place and rarely sticks to just one main subject; or, perhaps my muse has ADHD.  Hmm…

Theme 

The theme for this blog mostly centers around the contemplative/philosophical aspects of the creative life.

Objective

This is probably the easiest element for me to nail down.  I’ve always intended to use this blog  as a way to have open dialogues with other writers.  Being a writer these days tends to be a lonely venture for me so I started this blog so that I can meet and chat with others about issues and topics we are passionate about.

 

What about you?  Do you have any ideas about what your blog is about (in regards to subject, theme and objective)?

 

 

 

 

 

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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What Do You Like To Read?

 

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.