Once Upon a One Night Stand, the Interactive Story!

Once Upon a One Night Stand, the Interactive Story!

Boy, do I have some exciting news to share!

You probably already guessed what it is based on the banner above, but Once Upon a One Night Stand is being turned into a game on the Chapters Interactive Stories app!

Starting July 25th, you’ll be able to play as Taliana and experience the classic enemies-to-lovers scenario with your very own Sebastian. You get to choose how you look, what you wear, and, best of all, how the story progresses. As someone who has played plenty of stories on the app already, I know it’s going to be a lot of fun.

For more information on how to download the app and to see the full (super gorgeous) cover, read on!

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Origin Stories: Arabian Nights

Origin Stories: Arabian Nights

We’re back for another episode of Origin Stories, where I—you guessed it—talk about the origins of my stories! And today we’re going to be talking about Book #2 in the Fairytale Series, Arabian Nights.

I suggest checking out the post on Once Upon a One Night Stand, Book #1 in the Fairytale Series, before heading into this one so you have a little more background. And timeline wise, we’ve finally moved fully into the Wattpad days…

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Dubious Writing Advice with Simone: Writing Every Day

Dubious Writing Advice with Simone: Writing Every Day

Welcome to a new series of posts that I’ve decided to call Dubious Writing Advice with Simone, where I bring you writing tips that may or may not be all that great! After all, everyone’s creative process is different, and what works for me may not work for you.

To kick things off, I want to talk about something I’ve been trying to do since the start of 2019: write every day.

I used to be one of those people who only sat down to write when either 1) the Writing Muse struck, or 2) the guilt I felt for not writing finally forced me to open a new document.

Needless to say, I was writing maybe one or two days a week at best, and once a month at worst.

Back in the day, that was fine. I was writing merely for the love of it and I had no obligations to produce content. I wasn’t making any money from it, didn’t really have to stick to a schedule, and could do things at my own pace (even if it did upset some readers… sorry, y’all)

But now I have deadlines and contracts. I have paying consumers who deserve to have their entertainment delivered on time. I have dreams of writing and querying a new project that I’ve had in mind for years. All of that means I don’t have time to laze around and wait for the Muse to strike.

So let’s talk about writing every single day and why I try my best to do it.

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I KonMari’d My Stories

I KonMari’d My Stories

I recently removed a four-book series (The Fairytale Series) from my Wattpad profile.

A week prior to that, I announced that I was going to take a break from the site and go on a bit of a hiatus.

A month before that, I started watching Marie Kondo‘s show on Netflix, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.

Re-discovering the KonMari method, which I’d heard about years before, made me realize something: I was hanging on to things that no longer brought me joy. While some of those things were clothes and knick-knacks, some of them were my own stories.

I thought simply taking a break would be enough to maybe feel that joy again, but I quickly began to realize that it wouldn’t be enough. Those stories had to go. I needed them and (readers’ interaction with them) to stop taking up valuable real estate in my mind.

So I sat down and asked myself a simple question.

“Do these stories spark joy?”

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Origin Stories: Turnpike

Origin Stories: Turnpike

Welcome back for another installment of Origin Stories, where I talk about the origins of my stories! In today’s post, I’m going to be talking about turnpike, a dark short-story of mine.

I’ve previously discussed Once Upon a One Night Stand and All That is Gold, which you should check out first for some extra background and context!

Timeline wise, we’re still in the Plagiarism Haven days, though that era was slowly coming to an end…

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Why I’m Taking a Break from Wattpad

Why I’m Taking a Break from Wattpad

I’m burned out.

It’s taken me a while to truly understand and acknowledge that, but there’s no ignoring it now. I’m burned out and have been for about a year now. 

I’m feeling the same way I did when I took about a two year break from writing a while back. And you know what? Those two years were some of the best of my life. I don’t regret taking a break from writing because I needed it. I had to recharge. I needed to live my life so that I could come back and put those experiences down on the page.

At the moment, I don’t have the luxury of completely cutting out writing like I did back then. There are contracts and promises I have to fulfill first, but it’s past time that I started taking a few things off my extremely full plate.

Another thing it comes down to is this: I don’t currently have any content I want to share on Wattpad. 

That’s not to say I don’t have ideas. Believe me, there are so many things I want to write, so many ideas I want to pursue. But at this point, the pressure I put on myself to post new stories and chapters as often as possible has contributed to the way I’m currently feeling.

So I’m taking a break from Wattpad and using that time to focus on and remember why I enjoy writing in the first place, without the added pressure of being expected to update regularly. Because right now, writing feels like some terrible obligation that fills me with dread instead of excitement. I don’t like that.

All of that said, these are the steps I’m going to take to help get myself back on track.

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Origin Stories: All That is Gold

Origin Stories: All That is Gold

Welcome back to another edition of Origin Stories where I talk about—you guessed it—the origins of the stories I’ve written so far! In today’s episode, we’re going to be talking about All That is Gold.

I suggest reading the first post in this blog series before this one, which was about Once Upon a One Night Stand. Timeline wise, we’re picking back up at the Plagiarism Haven days, which I talk about a little bit there.

If you haven’t read this story, don’t worry! I’m going to try to keep this as spoiler free as possible. But believe me, it’s a wild ride!

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