A World Away – Chapter 5 on Wattpad

I see I’ve missed mentioning when I’ve posted the last few chapters of this story. It’s up to Chapter 5 now on Wattpad, if you want to get caught up. This is a romance, if you’re not familiar with it. Also, it is a work-in-progress, so the final product may be slightly different from what I’m posting now. Eventually it’ll be available as an e-book, but probably not in paper. Thanks so much to everyone who’s been reading along, I really appreciate it!

Oregon Vistas

Not much writing news lately. I did finally add another chapter to Lassuni’s War on Wattpad.

In the meantime, I wanted to share some nice views of the area from yesterday afternoon.  The clouds were spectacular.  I’ve also taken to photographing open fields, because they are disappearing at an alarming rate. There’s so much development now, so many views are being lost. I’ve uploaded the full size files so click to embiggen.

8-8-16 clouds fenceline

8-8-16 crepuscular MB

8-8-16 Sylvias house

8-8-16 Burkhalter clouds

 

Revenants Abroad – Chapter 27

Chapter 27 is up on on Wattpad! I’m getting nervous now, down to the wire before I pull it off Wattpad and launch the paper copy on Amazon. :::chews nails::: The final chapter, 28, will post on Saturday. I’ll give it a week, and then the whole thing comes down so I can make it available for sale on Amazon. Get caught up now, if you’re not buying the book!

And we’re finally getting a break in the gray and the wet we’ve had. The rivers are still way up, water’s lapping at the edge of the road in places where I drive, but we’re supposed to be dry for the next week or so. I was able to get a few shots this morning on the way to work. Oddly it was clearer at my house than further down the road where I was once again swallowed up by the fog. This first shot is from my front porch. It’s a little blurry, but the color took my breath away.

sunrise 2-11-15

The bright purple and reddish-orange faded very quickly to soft pinks

Rounding the curve 2-11-15

Sunrise Minter Bridge Rd 2-11-15

Farmington at Burkhalter sunrise 2-11-15

Unfortunately all my shots of the high water in the marsh came out like this:

marsh high water 2-11-15

Which is what happens most of the time. The point is, normally you can’t actually see the water here. So yeah, it’s been soggy.

Revenants Abroad – Chapter 25

Chapter 25 is up now on Wattpad! Three left to go, I’ll give it a week and then pull it to get the paper copy up on Amazon. As I’ve mentioned previously, Amazon’s terms are such that if the book is available anywhere for free, they will make it free as well. So… I am forced to remove it from Wattpad when I put the paper copy up for sale. Hope everyone who wants to has a chance to finish it before then.

I’m making slow progress on the sequel, and feeling sidetracked by a couple of other stories I started and want to work on.

Picture is not compressed, if you care to embiggen. Sunrise dressed in blue and gray this morning.

blue-gray pond 2-4-15

Revenants Abroad – Chapter 24

Chapter 24 is up now on Wattpad! This may be the longest yet, at 12 Wattpad-pages. If you’re snowed in this weekend, or it’s just too cold to be outside, it might be a good time to catch up on your reading. Four more chapters to go, then I’ll give it about a week and pull the story from Wattpad to get the book up on Amazon. It is still available as an ebook from Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Kobo.

Here’s our lonely mountain (sans dragon) at sunset, an eagle perched in the next-door neighbor’s tree, last night’s moon, and a spider web in the power lines under the streetlight.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

Revenants Abroad – Chapter 23

Chapter 23 is up now on Wattpad! Only five more to go. And as I’ve said I will be removing it from Wattpad entirely about a week after the final chapter posts so I can make it available on Amazon, so not too much longer until the paper copies will be for sale.

So today started out incredibly foggy, cleared later, then the fog was starting to come back on the way home. I really liked the clouds that look like a halo around the tree. It was so odd, lined up just right for that shot.

Foggy pond 1-28-15 foggy sunset 1-28-15 Cloud halo with tree 1-28-15 Moon 1-28-15

Revenants Abroad – Chapter 22

Chapter 22 is up now on Wattpad! I want to sincerely thank everyone who’s reading along. I have to say I’ve been a little surprised by the demographics of the readership on Wattpad for this story. The largest percentage (44%) list their age as “over 45”, and more surprising to me is 22% are male. Interestingly most of the engagement I’ve had with people on Twitter about the story has been with men. One reader said, “definitely felt like a more traditional vamp novel with the act of feeding so sexualized”  and that he was looking forward to a sequel. There is a love triangle in the book, but I think it’s first and foremost a buddy story. Mostly they’re trying to survive without getting killed. If you’ve been hesitant to check it out, thinking it’s another YA vampire romance with sparkles, I assure you it’s not.

A question I get a lot is, “Is there going to be a sequel?”

Why yes! Yes there is.

I’m working on it, but need to get back into NaNoWriMo mode and crank out some wordage every day.

And with that, I will leave you with this:

January 23 2015 sunrise

Revenants Abroad–Chapter 21

In which our hero takes matters into his own hands… Neko and Anne-Marie are off to Greece, leaving Andrej and a couple of hired thugs free to do what needs to be done.

Chapter 21 can be read free on Wattpad (and yanno, chapters 1-20 as well…)

So here’s a thing. I’ve been contacted twice by people on Wattpad looking to swap ‘votes for votes.’ Maybe this is how some of them reach the rankings they get, by ‘buying’ or swapping votes. My sense of fair play was offended. I won’t do it. I’ve heard of this being done on other sites, a “you-scratch-my-back-I’ll-scratch-yours” set up. The corollary I fear is that if I don’t, will these people feel snubbed and try to keep people away from my story(ies)? I don’t know. I’m still learning my way around Wattpad and discovering the “clubs” (discussion boards). It seems there’s still a great deal I don’t know about the site. I’ve been disappointed not to even receive any comments on the book, although people have contacted me outside that venue to talk to me about it.

I’m nearing the end of it on Wattpad. There are 7 chapters to go and then I’ll give it a week or so and pull it so I can upload it to CreateSpace and make paper copies available. Amazon’s terms do not allow the book to be available for free elsewhere, or they’ll make it free, too. I’m not sure if I’ll keep it on Smashwords or move it to the Kindle platform and other resellers directly (Barnes and Noble, and Kobo, most notably). I’ll have to see what’s involved.

So anyhoo, here are a few shots from this morning’s commute. Lovely to have a break in the rain. Happy Wednesday!

 

kolk pond Tonquin Road 1-19-15Mt Hood sunrise -1-21-15Pink sky and freezing fog 1-21-15RR Pond 2 sunrise 1-21-15

Revenants Abroad – Chapter 20

Oops. Forgot to post here that Chapter 20 went up on Wattpad yesterday! It’s a longer one, so I wanted to give everyone who’s following along there plenty of time to read before the next chapter goes up Wednesday.

Not much opportunity for pictures the last few days. It’s been raining almost non-stop, but some factions don’t seem to mind.

expectant mother Unless I am mistaken, we should be seeing a baby in the not too distant future!

And in case you had any concerns that spring was not coming, we have some upstarts already who would like to assure you it is in fact on the way:

daffodils 1-18-15

The daffodils always start poking through in December, which really surprised me the first year I noticed them starting so early.

I hope everyone had a good weekend, and a good week ahead.