Monthly Archives: July 2016

Weekly Fun

Did I mention it’s free?

Whoa, there.

Let’s start at the beginning.

Me and my friend Raphael Casthavian have created what we call ‘Weekly Reads’ on our Websites. Every Sunday, starting today, we will post either a new poem or a flash fiction for you to enjoy for free.

Now, isn’t it fantastic?

I know, I know.

Here is my Weekly Reads page.

And here’s Raphael Casthavian’s page.

Note that we both post the same content on each page, just to be fair. 🙂

Also, go and sign up for my newsletter!

Thus, you’ll be the first to know of my projects’ progress (I send newsletters rarely – only on days where there’s major news, that’s all).

I hope you’ll have a good time reading this week’s Weekly Reads!

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A Story Lightbulb

Yes, I’ve had a story lightbulb! What I mean by this is that I found back an idea for a fan fiction in my piles of sheets of paper and notebooks and decided to turn it into a short story of a few pages (about 50 or so). You’ve read well: a fan fiction. I won’t disclose the original idea as I don’t want you to think of it only as fan fiction. I figured to make a short story of my own because it was so different from the original concept – it was an AU, which means alternate universe.

Having created most of the characters’ backstory and new issues, I told myself I could stray a bit from the intended purpose (fan fiction) and make a good short story out of it!

I am currently fleshing out the characters, the plot, and the setting. It’s a homosexual romance with policemen. It sounds sexy, doesn’t it? Well, there is going to be romance, twists, and angst (a lot of angst) as the main character doesn’t accept his homosexuality…

I’ll tell you more about it as I write, okay? 😀

It’s going to be a fun adventure!

On another note, I have finished my first short story for Diabolical Plots’ contest. Yay! I only have to tweak a few things and polish it, then it’s ready to be sent. Moreover, I am in the process of outlining the second one because we can send two short stories for the contest. Yes, yes, yes!

I’ll tell you more about how it goes. Hopefully, I’ll be done outlining and writing the short characters’ profiles tomorrow. They’re two stories revolving around religion and how some facts are wrongly perceived. Interesting, huh?

Thanks for reading and following me on my writing journey!

P.S.: Please do comment whenever you feel like it. I’d love to talk with you.

See you next post!

Part 3/5 and a Surprise!

Hello there,

I decided I’d try to write on here today just to inform you that I’m currently planning the third volume in my Down to Earth series. I need to get to the fifth and last one.

I must admit it’s tough work, but a lot of fun too! I’m on a road map, discovering what are my next adventures. It’s exciting and breathtaking.

However, the third outline looks like a messed-up bunch of untimed events. Yes, it’s true… I still need to find the timeline for it. But I’m ready!

As for the surprise, well, I’ll have you know that I’m participating in Diabolical Plots’ short story contest! 😀 Yes, yes, yes. I’m in the process of writing two short stories that are centred on religion – one of my favourite topics. If one of them is accepted, I’ll win money and get published!

Isn’t it just great?

Wish me luck!

If ever I don’t win, I’ll simply keep my short stories and publish them in a collection about religion. Eh, why not? 😉

See you next post!

 

Another Milestone Reached!

Yes, you’ve read well. Today, I planned the second instalment of my series Down to Earth. Okay, you’ve got me: I’m not even done with the first one! So why did I go planning the second one (and currently am in the process of doing so with the third)?

Well, it’s simple. In an entertaining yet very helpful book about writing (which I got for free with Kindle Unlimited, yay!), the author said that in order to write a series, you must know exactly what happens in the other books and more precisely at the end.

I had a vague idea of the overall series and what she said hit home. Thus, I grabbed a pen and a sheet of paper and wrote away. I must say I am proud of myself as I have discovered some neat events in the course of my series.

I yet have to plan the other volumes, but I feel as though I reached the next milestone. I am even more prepared to talk about my story and confident about where I am going with it.

Granted, I never liked outlines – I always felt they were too… tight. Yet I’ve come to realize I might need one for my series to work out perfectly. I believe what the author says about series: one must know exactly where they’re headed with their story or it will fall flat, mostly for a series in need of a defined ending.

Trust me, after all those years spent writing, I’m still learning.

Here’s the book (if ever you’re interested in reading it, which I recommend):  Writing the Fiction Series

Please, do comment with whatever book or tool you’re using in your writing! Thus, we could discuss them. 🙂

P.S.: Thanks for sticking with me.