Ranking in the top 1000

Since I joined Wattpad a month ago, I’ve been furiously working on Daughter of Darkness. I’ve managed to bust out 21 chapters in just over a month *wipes away sweat*

And I feel like it’s really paid off. I’ve had a couple of binge readers, great comments and critiques, and loyal followers who jump on updates.

But two days ago, I woke up, checked Wattpad and nearly choked on my cereal.

Daughter of Darkness was currently ranked at #789 in fantasy.

I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t. I know that #789 really isn’t that great of a number. But out of thousands of stories, it was something. And it really feel like all the work I put in for this last month was actually amounting to something.

Anyways, I just wanted to share the exciting news. Again, if you aren’t on Wattpad and have been thinking about posting something or even just reading people’s stories, I would 100% recommend it.

Daughter of Darkness: https://www.wattpad.com/374142717-daughter-of-darkness-chapter-1

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Writing so far…

Hi guys!

Just wanted to give a quick update for those wondering how Wattpad is going… the answer is GREAT!

Seriously though, I’m loving it so much. The feedback and support I’ve gotten so far and the friends I’ve made just blows my mind. I’ve you’ve been thinking about joining to read or to write, I would absolutely recommend it.

Here’s my main book I’m working on:

Title: Daughter of Darkness Daughter of Darkness

Summary: In a land where magic belongs solely to the gods, Talia Kinsley struggles to hide the unpredictable power that her younger sister Willow seems to have been cursed with. Powers, that if discovered, could get her killed.

So when men show up at their home, knowing of Willow’s power and take her to Fairhaven, the royal city, Talia has no choice but to follow, prepared to do anything to free her sister. But once there, the Royal Council reveals that Willow has been blessed by the goddess Melora herself, and is destined to rule Lumor as it’s queen. Having no place in Willow’s new royal life, Talia is cast aside and joins the new recruits of the royal army, refusing to leave her sister at the mercy of the Council.

Struggling with being the only female in the recruits and protecting a sister who now wants nothing to do with her, Talia must unravel the secrets of the darkness lurking in the castle and find a way to stop the necromancer on the hunt for her sister. Finding unexpected allies like the charming Captain DeGray and Hale Rennick, a fellow recruit determined to help her, Talia begins a fight, not just for her sister’s life and soul, but for the fate of the whole kingdom.

** I currently have 15 chapters up for this! Woo hoo! Check it out if you’re interested: https://www.wattpad.com/374142717-crowned-in-darkness-chapter-1

AND…

I’ve just started posting my second story!!! YAY! I was getting such good feedback and enjoying posting my first book so much that I figured I’d multitask and work on my second as well. The two are not related, they are both book one in separate series!

So here’s my second book:

Title: Forged in Flame Forged in Flame

Summary: Aeryn Rivell has been a prisoner for over a year. Held captive and forced to endure the horrors of prison, the only thing keeping her from giving up is the silver eyed boy in the cell next to her… and her dragon, Sakala, waiting for her on the outside.

After an old friend breaks in to help her escape, Aeryn finds herself on the run in a kingdom sworn to wipe out dragons entirely. Hunted by the king’s most ruthless trackers and traveling with those who could betray them at any moment, Aeryn and Sakala’s only hope lies in making it to the neighboring kingdom of Kalis, where freedom awaits. But it soon becomes clear that there’s more at stake than their freedom, and Aeryn must face her past and embrace her future when she discovers that she might be the only one who can save the warring kingdoms.

** Check it out here! https://www.wattpad.com/384274913-forged-in-flame-chapter-1

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Anyways, Wattpad is going so well, I’m beyond excited. Hopefully you check out my writing or decide to just check out Wattpad in general because some people have put their heart and soul into their works and it really shows!

Thanks for the continuous support guys!

 

Wattpad Story

Hello everyone!

As you might have read from my last post, I’m taking a break from reviewing to work on my book on Wattpad. Yay for me trying to accomplish something in my life!

I’ve received several messages from people asking about my book so since I’ve officially posted 10 chapters (!!!!!) I thought I’d post a link in case anyone wants to read it.

No seriously, go read it.

Haha just kidding (not really). But in all seriousness, here’s the link if you wanna check it out.

Thanks!!!

https://www.wattpad.com/374142717-crowned-in-darkness-chapter-1

Quick Update

Hi everyone!

So obviously I’ve been super absent… like, super super absent. I think my last post was September. Yikes. I haven’t been doing any new book reviews because I’ve been busy working on a new book idea.

Yep, that’s right, I’m going to try writing an actual book.

So as you can imagine, that’s left me little to no time for my reviews. And I probably won’t have any time in the near future.

However, anyone interested in my story can check it out on Wattpad. I just posted the first chapter today, yay! You can check it out here… https://www.wattpad.com/user/RKPriest

And a huge thanks to everyone that’s still with my despite my spotty attendance.

 

So I was poking around on Lauren Destefano’s tumblr…

And I found this. All credit obviously goes to her, I’m simply copying and pasting this because I think it should be shared.

Here is the link to her original post: http://laurendestefano.tumblr.com/post/84476114470/when-your-dreams-come-true-bluebirds-dont-come-and

This is what she said.

“I want to be honest with you guys, because I still remember what it was like before I had an agent, before I even knew whether I should GET an agent, and before I even knew what sort of stories I wanted to tell. On any given day, I’m not sure of many things, but I do have the career I once aspired towards, and that many of you are aspiring towards, so I want to give you some little pearls that I wish I’d been able to find myself back then:

I don’t know how much money you’ll make in publishing. There are people twice my age who make less, and there are people ten years younger than me who make significantly more. This is not a reflection of your talent. Your advance is the result of what’s commercial at the time, how your agent sells you and/or how you sell yourself, what publishers are looking for, the cycle of the moon, how many good or bad deeds you committed in a past life, and how many sidewalk cracks you’ve managed to dodge in the fifth grade. So if you have a story to tell, do yourself a big fat favor and tell the story the way it’s meant to be told, and only you know how that is. Don’t look at other authors and say you want to be the next BillyJoe Millionaire because there is NO way for you to control that, no matter what those advice blogs may tell you. You can control one thing, and that’s the story you write.

No matter how much money you make or don’t make, people will believe one of two things: you’re shit broke, or you’re a millionaire. And when you don’t answer, they will fish around trying to play 50 questions with you to find out which is correct. Ideally you want people to go ahead and think you’re shit broke. It’s less likely that they’ll kidnap your cats for ransom while you’re out grocery shopping. Also, if people think you’re a millionaire, they will assume that it is okay to be rude to you. I mean hey, what do you care? You’re checking your twitter messages on your boat as you sail to Cabo San Lucas with your handsome, single investment banker. It’s not like you have feelings or anything like that.

Your doubts will never go away. This should be a no-brainer, but it’s not. Maybe your book will sell for a decent amount. Maybe you’ll get to settle your student loan debts and find an apartment in the part of town where you don’t have to walk to your car with your thumb hovering the panic button on your key chain. Maybe you’ll get some good reviews or an award. Maybe you’ll be a bestseller. You are still going to wake up in the dark moonless hours of some Thursday night in a cold sweat, thinking, “Dear god, what if I suck donkey nipples?” and “What if I never sell another book ever again? What if my publisher comes to its senses? What if my agent spends Saturday nights sipping champagne with better authors and they devote cocktail hour to reading passages from my recent manuscript, laughing their asses off?” This WILL be a thing that your brain does, no matter how successful you may already be. This is the human condition and it never goes away.

You are never in charge. Not of your paycheck, not of your reviews, and not of your brain. You could be working on your tenth manuscript after writing nine international bestsellers. You could gain 1000 twitter followers a day and receive daily love letters from total strangers who swear your prose saved their life. And that tenth manuscript could be a bestseller in the making, but you will still think it sucks. You will still be afraid that when you hand it in to your agent, it will be the next party joke, even if this fear is rooted in reality, because reality has nothing to do with it.

I don’t mean to frighten you. I have worked a lot of jobs. I was a cashier, a barista, a trash picker-upper, a tax collector, a receptionist, a student, a toilet scrubber, a temp, and ultimately a writer. Through all of those jobs, above all I have always been me. I have always found moments of happiness, and moments of utter dejection, even depression. I had less anxiety when I was scrubbing toilets, because at least when I did that, I was only putting some elbow grease into it, not a piece of my heart (nobody should care THAT much about how clean the toilet is). I have more joy and more love and more anxiety and more depression in publishing than I have ever had doing anything else. There are days where I just stay in bed because I’m so paralyzed by the fear that what I write won’t be good enough, I’d sooner write nothing at all. And all of this while thousands of people assume I’m a millionaire. Not that I’m complaining about that rumor.

Whatever you want to do in life—and this doesn’t all pertain exclusively to writing—you have to accept yourself. You have to understand and acknowledge your doubts, and embrace your strengths, and work on your weaknesses. Because the truth is that I could describe having my dream job all day, but until you’re here, you will idealize it, and idealize yourself. But what you have to do is love yourself and accept yourself, because your jobs may change over the years, and you may get just the one you’re dreaming of now, but you will ALWAYS be you.”