NaNoWriMo and the TTC

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Seven days in, and I’ve written every day of NaNoWriMo. I haven’t been able to do this in years. Most amazing part: write, edit, fine tune, and post one chapter to Wattpad every day. Up to now, at best, I wrote one chapter daily during November. Never edited before. Too scared to even post it for public reading.

It’s rather exhilarating.

And exhausting.

My body feels run over. My voice is dropping in volume. My brain wants a time out — until I begin thinking about Louise, about having fun with this story, about how suddenly riding the TTC is fodder. The worse the slog, the better the fodder. Too bad this counterforce to TTC draining, straining, enraging will last only a month. Maybe if lots of people read it and share it, it’ll continue doing good for all those who have no choice but endure whenever they step onto the red-and-white inaccessible transit. Check it out 👇

Louise and The Men Of Transit


Aban’s Accension on Wattpad

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Accension, not ascension. Yes, I know how to spell!

Accension: The action of kindling or the state of being kindled. (From The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary) It is related to the verb “accend.”

This is an old word, but it completely describes what is happening in this the second novel I wrote during National Novel Writing Month 2010. I wrote it, revised it, sent it out to Beta Readers, revised it, revised it some more. But I remained hesitant about publishing it on my own. It was supposed to be edited and published, but that fell through. So I stuck it in the figurative drawer unsure about what to do. Then last month BiblioCrunch hosted an #indiechat on Twitter with Wattpad, and I had my answer!

I have begun posting Aban’s Accension on Wattpad, one short easy-to-read chapter at a time.

Coddled and controlled, living a sheltered life with her parents in small-town Ontario, Aban receives a surprising letter one day: Her grandmother has left her her entire estate, including a house in Toronto with a mysterious male tenant. In a spurt of unexpected independence, Aban leaves her secure home intending only to see her inheritance, intending to return home. What she finds instead upends her life and everything she had believed.

I hope you will check out the first chapter up now and look for the succeeding chapters. If you join Wattpad, using your Facebook profile or unique login, you can add it to your library and get notified every time I post a new chapter! Plus you can find lots of great free reads!!


I’ve Joined Wattpad!

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So I joined Wattpad. Um, what is Wattpad, you may ask. You mean aside from that thing Margaret Atwood was tweeting about last year that made no sense to me? Good question!

It's where readers get free stories to read yes, free! and writers get to post their new, unpublished or published stuff for feedback, constructive feedback, not the usual lame “good book”! Not that I'm complaining about “good book”; it's just that when you’re looking for what works and what doesn't in your story, you need more. Some writers use Wattpad to crowdsource their stories. But that’s not my thing at all. I write my own stuff, and that's how I like it.

As a reader, Wattpad is easy. You download their app after briefly getting acquainted with their website. The app has all the discovery and reading features of the website plus a much-better display of the stories. You can read anything for free and without logging in. But if you want to vote for your favourite books and/or comment on the stories of writers you'd like to support, then you need to login. You can do that through Facebook or create a new login.

For writers, Wattpad is friggin’ obtuse. Luckily, there are friendly Wattpadians who welcome you and guide you to helpful resources like Wattpad for Dummies. In fact, Wattpad is so bad at even offering basic guidelines on how to publish a story or explain how their tags work (single words only, I just discovered), that there is a whole plethora of user-created guides. Google for them. Don't bother trying to search within Wattpad. Very inefficient.

To create a story, you must login. For once I was smart and decided to get acquainted with the writer side of Wattpad by publishing my short story collection first, a collection already available for sale and one that is easy for me to copy and paste into Wattpad’s Create A Story page and then publish for public consumption — once I got past Wattpad’s insistence I wasn't writing in English.

When that happened, I saw in the community forums that others had had the same problem. But unlike other sites, no one from Wattpad seems to monitor the forums, and so the poor person’s question about what to do went unanswered. I emailed support who replied the following Monday. Meanwhile, I’d logged out, fed up.

Apparently, that’s what it took to make Wattpad behave. Log out. Log back in. Voilà, I am writing in English. Over a week later, I became comfortable with the way Wattpad works, and in about a week, I’ll begin uploading the book I wanted to join Wattpad for in the first place. I need feedback on my novel Aban's Accension because though Beta Readers have opined on it and I’ve revised it, I’m still not sure about it. Look for it soon on my Wattpad profile page and post your comments! Meanwhile, head on over to my Wattpad page and read and vote and comment on Eleven Shorts +1. I post a new story from the collection every day.