THE MORNING AFTER
THE MORNING AFTER
I was on Pinterest a week ago, pinning and minding my business when I stumbled on the photo below. If you’re on Facebook, you’ll remember how the trending hashtag #shortstorychallenge came to life with people using the photos from the artist to create their own stories.
I didn’t participate then because I’m a little bit of a literary rebel who likes to avoid what everyone else is doing. Not to be difficult, it’s just the way I am. But when I saw this photo right here, the characters just wouldn’t shut up. I wrote this short story in less than 24-hours. I wanted to challenge myself to write a piece without planning or outlining anything. There’s some light editing. So, there may be some typos.
Now, I shouldn’t have to tell you what to expect. But if you’re unfamiliar with Brookelyn Mosley and what I do with a pen, please read this post before continuing. My writing isn’t too, too explicit but it isn’t sweet and subliminal either when it comes to my scenes. I’m right in the middle where I like it *wink.* Go on, read it. And let me know what you think by paying me in comments, likes and shares! ?
TITLE: PAY ME IN…
As I begin work on a new novella, I’m thinking about my “brand.” You hear that a lot as an author (or anyone really) offering a product or service.
As an author, I’m a small business owner. I’m in the business of words. My products are my stories and novellas. Your reviews are my testimonials. And my business location is in your mind.
So, when I think of my “brand” and what I want people to think of when they hear or read my name, 5 things come to mind:
Lila wasn’t ready… and neither are you.
The final novella of the series!
My new release is here! I’m so excited to announce that my new novella, Girl Code, is available now on Amazon, FREE with Kindle Unlimited.
Brainstorming this story was a lot of fun and it was even more enjoyable penning the story. My favorite kind of stories to read and write about center around friends turned lovers. There’s just something about witnessing the evolution of a friendship transitioning from platonic to romantic *swoon*.
And that’s what you’ll get from my newest novella, Girl Code.
Check out the synopsis…
And now Amir…
I must have fucked Melodee at least a dozen times in my mind as a teenager. I likened it to teenage hormones but as an adult I see that I was just feeling her harder than I could express. We met our first day of high school as freshman. Girls were already flocking to me without me even trying, doing subtle things like glancing at me over their shoulders or smiling at me whenever our eyes met. But Mel, she kept to herself. She’d only say something to me when I asked her what she was reading.
I love giving readers more insight into the characters that I create since I have so much fun creating and fleshing them out. So, step inside the mind of my characters Melodee and Amir from my December 23rd release, Girl Code. Beginning with Melodee…
I started calling Amir A.J. after I heard his mother, Ms. Anita, refer to him by the nickname. I thought it was so cute because every time she’d call him that; it looked like his eyes would light up and he’d be his happiest self. So, I started calling him that to tease him because he was such a mama’s boy. But then it stuck, and I found it weird to call him Amir. A.J. was the coolest guy I’d ever met. He oozed charm and was a gentleman even at the tender age of 14. He’d hold doors open for girls, grab their hand to climb high stairs, say good morning instead of what’s up when we’d see each other in the morning during homeroom. And he wasn’t phony about it, it was just in his nature. But he was still cool and smooth with it. Able to fit in with the “it” crowd without compromising who he was.
The Tables Will Turn, And A Shocking Secret Will Be Revealed
As the cover suggests, this one is all about Lila and the choices she’ll have to make starting in Chapter 1.
With each novella in this series, my goal has been to bring you, the reader, closer to the main character of the story, Lila Moore. This is also evident by the covers, with Lila going from being out of sight to moving closer to the front of the cover for part two.
So I started the series with narration at a distance from a third person’s view, then I gave her the wheel to narrate the story herself in part two. Now in part three, not only is she narrating, she’s bringing you into her mind, sharing her unfiltered internal dialogue as she goes through each life altering experience. Like all my characters, Lila has flaws, but like a boss chick she doesn’t hide it, especially in this final novella.
You’re going to have to read it to see what I mean!
Stay tuned for more news!
I’m taking part in this year’s Nanowrimo! It’s a month-long event in November where writers are challenged to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30-days. Yes, girls and boys… 30 days. Now for me, I write A LOT, but I usually write novellas. Though I’ll be aiming for 50K, my real goal is just to complete the body of work.
To make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible, I’ve planned out EVERYTHING. I wish I was that person who could write by the seat of her pants (off the dome, making it up as I go) but the way my focus is set up… yeah, no. I have an A-Type personality when it comes to my fiction writing. I don’t understand why this personality doesn’t trickle down to other parts of my life, but hey… I get in where I fit in. Because of this need to always have everything in order, I’ve already planned out my novel (or novella, only time will tell) from start to finish. I’ve researched as much as I could, have the links needed for reference, know how the story will end, and I have the cover ready. I’ll post the cover by mid-November.
I just can’t help myself, y’all. People get addicted to all types of stuff. My addiction? Writing.
And like I said, I just can’t help myself.
The sound of the keys clicking as I write is like music to my ears. Seeing my crazy ideas come to life through the characters I create gives me a rush.
Like Diana Ross said, if there’s a cure, I don’t want it, chile. I love getting my fix.
And the result of that fix this time is, Girl Code!