I Signed Up For MasterClass

Yesterday, I signed up for my year long MasterClass program to help with writing. I started my first class with Judy Blume. Hell, why not. There are 19 different writing classes, so I have my work cut out for me.

Ultimately, I decided to take the plunge and spend the $180 for the year and beef up my writing skills. I debated this for a hard while because I didn’t want to fork out the money if this was just going to be one of those “hobbies” that I quit in 2 months just to insist that my passion lies somewhere else, and everyone agreeing with me. Which then again would change in 2 months stating that my REAL passion was something entirely different and everyone agreeing with me.

Even when I get bored and/or writer’s block, I come back to this: WRITING. So… here is another attempt at focusing on a hobby and I know everyone around me will either say YOU GOT THIS or ANOTHER HOBBY.

As I go forward with the classes, I know there will be assignments because I already go down to my first one with Judy Blume. I will use this blog as a place for my writing assignments and where I can discuss the program, the books they want us to read, and so on.

Part of the reason for the move to enhance my craft comes from where we are in life. Elisabeth has jumped into a creative career and is taking classes to better herself. I do believe that I write a good story, maybe the grammar and flow could be better. Why not take this time to better myself and my writing and after this time of study, I can go back to my works and bring this new author out in me. Go back to publishing real books and Kindles and tell myself that I am a writer.

Where Is girl/Mistress? And What I Learned While Writing This Epic Novel…

Someone asked me recently why I haven’t taken the time to publish girl/Mistress on Wattpad and bring it back to life. Honestly, the real reason is because it is such a enormous undertaking that I am don’t know if I am ready to give that much time to it.

The novel, girl/Mistress was a book that I wrote back in 2009. It took seven years to actually publish it on Amazon and was the only book to make some money. Maybe somewhere around $300.00, give or take. The paperback version came in over 600 pages. It felt like the size of a Stephen King book. Each time I am ready for a new project for Wattpad, I look at girl/Mistress and pass up the chance to relive it to work on something else. One day it will happen.

For any of my peeps who knows girl/Mistress knows that this book life changing. Last night when I thought about this blog post, I wanted to to start off like this: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. To talk about girl/Mistress that line is completely true. So here is the story of girl/Mistress.

The original story was TeenDom, a real person fiction centered around Emily Osment, Miley Cyrus, and the cast of Hannah Montana with an original character to star opposite of Emily Osment. After I finished that version of the story, I had a little obsession with the TV show or to say, Emily Osment. I came up with the idea to flip the story in a way to make it a fanfiction in the HM fandom. The title then became, I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Mistress. If anyone knows HM, you know that all the episode titles are song titles with a little humor to it.

I began writing it and posting the chapters on FanFiction.net back in 2009. This introduced me to a bunch of people I now call friends. It also introduced me to someone who completely changed my life. I met, online, a girl who I had a lot in common with, and she became my beta-reader for this story.

In my personal life, I had a girlfriend but we were not really happy at the time. A good word for it was BORED. So when this person came into my life and we had all the odd and warped things in common, it was inevitable that I fell in love with her. I broke up with my girlfriend, started a long distance online relationship with someone, got back together with my girlfriend, thought that I could have two women at once, and found myself more messed up then I already thought I would. All in the span of a couple years.

Ultimately, my beta-reader lost interest in me and the story. My girlfriend (now wife) almost kicked my ass out of the house. And I had a lot of pieces to pick up and make right in my life. Which I did. My girlfriend did not kick me out and we are actually much stronger together because we finally appreciate each other. I still have great friends from the making of this book. And my beta-reader married her previous girlfriend, so everything worked out in the end.

So I thought about a bullet point list of all the things I learned from this process. Here we go.

  • Online long-distance relationships don’t work.
  • If your girlfriend gives you a second chance, fucking take it and don’t mess it up. She’s a keeper.
  • My favorite couple to write about is Emily/Miley or Miley/Lily. Still is.
  • I like sex and I like writing about it.
  • Friendships can form on line and they are real. Thank you Karleen!
  • Don’t be afraid to let your freak flag fly. The keepers will help hold your flag with you.
  • A brilliant novel doesn’t happen in 30 days, it takes years to be ready but never will be perfect.
  • Never rely on someone else for inspiration, muses are good but they shouldn’t stop you from writing.
  • Write whatever the hell you want. There will be someone out there who will love it, too.

Short Story: A Family Mystery Uncovered

The next writing prompt I have was a fun one. I kind of worked it out in my head, but it didn’t come out right when I put it on paper. Maybe I waited too long. I don’t know. So here it is…
THEME: A Family Mystery Uncovered
MUST INCLUDE: Sunday, secret, wallpaper, swap, sister, curiosity, island, notebook, marathon, demand


When I was born, we became sisters. You were you and I was me.

We walked this earth together hand in hand and the same time. That all changed yesterday on the island. We were driving along and at the same time, two cars hit us. At the same time; one on one side, the other on the other side. From that moment you became me and I became you. Together.

We arrive home though dad thinks he is only picking one of us up. No one could possibly understand so we keep our secret. He asks where I am and you respond, you don’t know. A mystery the family will ponder.

We walk this earth together but never at the same time. Once we were always seen together, now the world sees only you or me, not us.

Mother’s curiosity is killing her because we come over on Sundays, together, to help her around the house. Only I arrive to help put up wallpaper in her bedroom, you are there though she can’t see you. She demands to know where you are. I can not say. The family would not understand.

Years pass by. I have kept a notebook on all the memories of us together and those as one. One day, I might share this with the family but until that day it’s our own little world. We are old. Our parents are older. Dad asks for you to come over and sit with him. It may be one of his last days. Together on the sofa, the two of you sit. He is sad because he wanted both of us to come. He turns on the television and with him, you watch a marathon of the Twilight Zone.

After a few episodes, he reaches for the Waterford candlestick holder next to him and slams it into the side of your head. I feel it. You really feel it. Our bodies swap a few times, both looking for escape. He hits you again. You. Me. You. Me.

The moment finally arrives were we are no longer one. He takes his last breath, “My babies.” He can now rest since you are you, and I am finally me.

Finishing my second draft of “DESTINY”

This weekend, I finished up the second draft of Destiny and published it on Wattpad along the way. It’s always a good feeling when you can click the button that says completed. It’s like you can finally say goodbye to an old friend but it is bittersweet because over the past few months, I have fallen in love with these people all over again.

The idea behind the book, DESTINY came to me while actually on a road trip from Houston to San Francisco and back. On the things, I saw were these trees out in the middle of the desert that looked like they had caught fire and had melted. Being a writer all my life, sometimes I try to figure out how to describe the things I see. Throughout the drive, especially in Central California, we constantly saw varies different farms and I thought about what it would take to live there and work the area.

Being from the city, I immediately put that city girl and country boy together. It was a match made in heaven for me. My characters were all completely made up, making this the first story that was not fanfiction or based on a person. My male character was a hybrid foreigner and surfer. While I did not have anyone in mind when I created him, I pictured a cross between Christopher Atkins (The Blue Lagoon) and Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy). The visual in my head for my female counterpart was Jennifer Stone.

The original was under 50,000 words, it was somewhere around 46,000. By the time I finished my second draft, the finished version ended up at 53,820. I know writers should cut and cut and cut, and I did. But I also added two full chapters, expanded on ideas, and changed a few things that didn’t work.

But now it is done. I am ready to move on to my next project. I can not decide if I should edit an old story, work on a pending story, or start something new.

Exposing a little secret something I call, “Irresistible Seduction”

I’ve talked about a lot of my stories and writings over the years and not once have I ever been embarrassed by anything I have written. I would have shown anyone any of my writings, including my dark days of Hannah Montana fanfiction where Miley and her dad got it on. Then I wrote this…

Not that I am embarrassed, at all; it’s just sometimes people don’t understand and automatically assume that because you write something it automatically becomes personal, especially with a self-published writer. No one questions Stephen King and him killing off people. Everyone questions when an indie author writes a romance because it has to be based on some sort of reality. I don’t know how many times I had to tell my dad that my books are not some deeply hidden feelings I harbor for someone.

Okay, maybe Jennifer Stone and Emily Osment; but definitely not the bookworm in Something Wilder. And clearly not the cruise director in Dark Waters Ahead. Remember, not everything I write is based on reality; just like Stephen King. If I kill someone off in a book, doesn’t mean I want them dead in real life. Same with sex, just because I write about a person I know having sex doesn’t mean I want to have sex with them.

With that said… Irresistible Seduction is a real person fanfiction based on the musical group, Fandango. And there… I said it. This story has been published for a while now on Wattpad and has been my dirty little secret because I am friends with the members of the group, especially the main character, Sandra.

Years before I started writing this story, my wife and I went to Monterrey, Mexico and spent the weekend with Sandra and got to know her family. When the group decided to make a reunion come back, Fandango was back on the radar and inspiration for another real person fiction was born. This time using Sandra, her family, and the members of the group. I wrote it and posted it on Wattpad as I wrote. There were no other edits other than the first very rough draft.

I never thought it would amount to anything other than a story I wrote. Meanwhile, it had taken a life of its own on Wattpad. The first chapter went up October 27, 2019 and since then it has over 3,300 reads. Honestly, I think it is one of my most popular stories. Could it the subject matter?

The story is about a young boy whose parents were murdered. He goes to live with a family. As he grows up to become a man, the woman who raised becomes attracted to him. After being caught and going their separate ways, the two of them are reunited thirty years later and the feelings are still there. So you have a potential, but not real mother/son forbidden relationship that exists. Maybe that is why this story became popular? I doubt anyone on Wattpad knows who Fandango is, so it couldn’t be that.

I don’t think I will change it. It is what it is. If I do, I will probably change up the names and some of the noticeable similarities to the characters.

Tapping into the world of Erotica with “TeenDom”

If you read my summary of King of The Kingdom, you will know about the drama with JP and me over my writing world. Remember when I said that there was a second argument for another book. This is the book.

Just before I began writing this story, Sleeping Beauty was released on Blu-Ray. The Blu-Ray featured a music video of Emily Osment singing “Once Upon A Dream” and I became obsessed with the little blondie. Okay, yes she was jail bait but I couldn’t help it. Again, the difference between JP and I is cartoons versus real people.

My obsession with Emily Osment took shape and I began watching Hannah Montana, just because of her. I also began writing this little erotic love story about her. Another fanfiction. The problem arose when my story featured S&M with the male protagonist as a submissive looking for a mistress that he finds in Emily. Why does this become a fight with JP?

JP and I used to have this relationship that was strictly about music but once I got with my girlfriend, she began to open up to me about her personal life, which included kink with her girlfriend. I don’t/didn’t have an issue with it. It just surprised me about her. I am not a prude and even used to babysit for a dominatrix. I knew about kink. I don’t have a problem with it but oddly, she thought I did. I don’t know why.

When I wrote this story, I was told by JP’s girlfriend that I was making fun of JP. So not true. I could have cared less about what JP and her girlfriend did in bed. So this book drove a wedge between the friendship. All because I was writing kinky fanfiction?

Who knows. I finished this book and decided that I should officially escape into the world of real fanfiction and flipped this story upside down. I rewrote this book in the Hannah Montana fandom with Miley being my male but now female protagonist, and Lily as Emily Osment. It worked and it grew. I’ll talk about that book at a later date.

For now, I revived the original TeenDom story, changed out Emily’s real-life world, and set the stage for a sequel to this book. It will be completely different than how the remake went. I have already begun writing the next chapter of this saga. I think it will be a total of 3 books when the series is complete.

Disney Fan Fiction with “King of The Kingdom”

When I think back at the creative process of writing King of The Kingdom, it is bitter-sweet. It came from a friendship that turned into the fight and ultimately, that friendship dissolved into nothing. And to think it was over fanfiction? Or was it?

King of The Kingdom takes an original character and places him in the middle of Walt Disney World and the cast members, who work in the park. But let’s back up before we get into the story.

I didn’t even know what the hell fanfiction was until a friend of mine, who we will call JP, began writing it based on a cartoon on the Disney Channel. She explained how she/fans took the characters and wrote their own stories and created new worlds for them. Okay. I get it. What I did/do with celebrities. What she did was take two cartoon characters and created a romance that did not exist on the show.

I didn’t understand that. Okay. Cartoons and sex never mingled in my world and I couldn’t relate, so I moved on. She thought my passiveness was making fun of her. No. I just didn’t see cartoons like that. No biggy, not my thing. And I really wasn’t a fan of the show. I couldn’t relate.

Then I went to Disney World. And saw a cast member that was so unbelievably cute and adorable, I wanted to hook up with her. So. She played the character that JP wrote about, only in cartoon form. My fascination with her was the cast member, not the character, who just happened to be a live version of a cartoon character.

(((DEEP BREATH))) And so begins my writing of King of The Kingdom. A story about a young man who finds himself living at Disney World and meets Kim Possible, the cast member who thinks she is really Kim Possible. You see. Not the same. She thought it was which in turn caused a little fight between us. Oh, the fight gets bigger, but that is for a different book.

King of The Kingdom was the first completed book written, but it was not the first book I published on Amazon when I was publishing in book form. It’s a lot like Kingdom Keepers, which I have not read.