Poll Question – No. One

Postmarked Readers,

I thought that I would give you the opportunity to have an impact on the story you read. For my new blog (postmarkedmegranger.wordpress.com), I hope to do stuff like this frequently, so I wanted to try it out here and see what happens.

I am currently writing Curtis’s story for tomorrow, but I am also thinking ahead to next week and am not quite sure which story I want to write. I am stuck between Sebastian’s and Louis’s Part Threes. They both are sure to be interesting stories. Sebastian left off with his mother in the car driving past the Post Office leaving little hope for the Inverted Jenny. And Louis left off seeing Chloe at the Police Station, but we know from her story that he also bailed her out. The truth is I am just really excited to write both of them, so I’m not sure which one I want to pick. So, I’m leaving it up to you. Even if you don’t care, please participate in the poll, so I can see how it works. I would really appreciate it.

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Poll is now closed. Here are the results:

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Changes for Postmarked

Postmarked Logo 2Big changes are coming up for Postmarked. Yes, this is going to mean some changes for my loyal readers. But don’t worry, I value you guys too much to just stop telling you the story. Anyone who still wants to keep up with the story should read this post because Postmarked is about to go on lockdown. And this will be returning to a personal blog.

Because it’s time to move to phase two: Building an Audience. So far, I have been way more focused on the writing side of Postmarked. And I have to admit, I’ve majorly slacked on the advertising side. It may have something to do with my own confidence issues, but with each new chapter I write, I start to believe in my story more and more. And many of my loyal readers have definitely contributed to that, so I want to thank each and every one of you. But, Postmarked can never become more if I don’t actively try to make it become more.

So, here are the details. I have made a second blog that will be starting Postmarked over from the beginning, but in an interesting way. You can find it here: http://postmarkedmegranger.wordpress.com/. I have also made a Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PostmarkedByMEGranger (Feel free to like it if you want….please! Possibly even share it?). Basically, I’ve devised a marketing scheme that I am hoping will work. It turns Postmarked into more of a web-base interactive platform. Through this method, I hope to get more people interested in the story. You can find my full explanation for it on the navigation on my other blog: http://postmarkedmegranger.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/postmarked-navigation/.

The problem I have found with trying to advertise Postmarked as it is now is that I’m already around seventy pages into the story, and that’s no where for someone to start a story. Not to mention, some things have been revealed now (like which package Eleanor actually sent). So, I truly believe that I need a fresh start with Postmarked. And in order to do that, I need to remove access from my new target base of the story. This is the only way I think I can successfully launch it how I want to.

So, what does that mean for you? Well, it means for now that this page is about to go full ghost mode. I’ve considered a number of methods to still try to get this story to my loyal readers and this is what I have settled on at the moment. I am hoping that it will not be too much of an inconvenience. Basically, I have found that WordPress offers a password-protected option for posts. I would try just using the private mode they have, but unfortunately that is only for people who have a WordPress account and I know some of readers, if not most, do not have a WordPress account. So, I’ve settled on the password-protected option. This means that in the coming days, I will be launching this method. This Monday’s story will not be password-protected initially, but some of the older stories are going to start turning ghost mode until they all will be in the next week, including this Mondays, next Mondays, and all to follow. Once they go ghost, the only way they’ll be able to be read is by entering a password.

So, the only problem I see here is getting the password to my readers. I don’t want to post it here because that defeats the purpose of going ghost if new readers could still get access to it. So what I have settled on is that I will have the same password for every post. So if you would like this password, I have to ask for you to contact me somehow and I will get the password to you. Here are some of the ways that you can contact me:

  1. Leave a comment here with your email address and I will send you the password
  2. Email me at meganelisegranger@gmail.com and I will reply with the password
  3. Contact me on my personal facebook account and I will give you the password
  4. If you can think of another way to contact me, you’re free to use that as well

I really hope that this won’t be a problem. Once you have the password, it won’t change though and it will be the same for every new post. So, you’ll only have to do this once hopefully. I want my loyal readers to know how much I appreciate them, so please let me know if you have any problems with the route I’ve decided to take. I’m really only doing this because I believe in Postmarked and I know my readers do too. So thank you.

Let’s see how far Postmarked can really go! I hope to see this as a novel one day. And if it does become a novel, I only have you readers to thank. Because I would not still be writing this if I didn’t have the Monday deadlines.

I’m going to include a link to the Navigation post I’ve featured on my blog because that will go ghost as well very soon. Through that, you should be able to have access to all the other posts. This post and some of the weekly blogs that don’t give too many details away about Postmarked will be the only ones on this blog that will still be visible.

Here’s the link for the Navigation: https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/navigating-postmarked/

 

Thank you so much,

Megan Elise Granger

P.S. If anything was unclear about this very long-winded post, please feel free to contact me.

Navigating Postmarked

Postmarked 3

Dear Reader,

This blog serves to tell the dynamic story of Postmarked written by Megan Elise Granger, which is a collection of stories told through the different perspectives of nine people who all begin at the Brunswick, Maine Post Office on September 22nd, 2013. Each character offers a very new and original tale, which will move at it’s own pace and go to various places. And each story will be told in parts. Every Monday, a new part of one of the character’s stories will be added. Postmarked can be read in any order, but it is best to read it in the order of how it is posted, as many of the characters will be intersecting each other’s stories.

Here is a brief introduction to the character’s you will meet in Postmarked through a quote extracted from the first part of each of their stories:

Eleanor Sanders – “I have held on for far too long. And now, with half a dozen people ahead of me, I am ready to let go. I am seventh in line at the Post Office on a busy Thursday afternoon. And while I have other places to be, nothing seems more important than the decision I am about to make.”

Curtis L. Hughes – “Okay, so this is how she wants to play it, huh? A stand off? Well she doesn’t realize who she is dealing with. I am a self-made man. I am Benjamin Franklin in the flesh. I am successful. I am accomplished. And I will be respected. Even if it’s by this insignificant twit, who I will never see again in my entire life.”

Sebastian Garfield – “My body starts to shake and I can’t help it, but I try to hold myself together as much as I can. I head for the door quickly like I’ve been taught to. But, I can’t stop saying “September 22nd’ over and over again to myself. I’m sweating everywhere now. Not just my hands anymore. As I get to the door, I hear the tall woman say to Krista, ‘Latch-key kids. That’s why parents should watch their kids more.’ What does that even mean? I feel like I can’t breathe anymore.”

Ivana Vultaggio – “I just miss her so much. If I could venture backward, I would probably do such a thing. Because I cannot take no more. It has been eight years with me and Antonio having no one but ourselves to love. And soon he will be gone. I do not know how much longer he can hold on. The doctors say within the next couple of months. What can I do? Dio mio! What can I do?”

Louis Rogers – “She yells out, ‘NEXT!’ and I start to push my huge package toward the counter. I snicker to myself. ‘Huge package’. That’s what’s up. That’s what all the ladies must say I’m sure. ‘Louis has a huge package!’ Well ladies, it really is my burden in life, but I guess I’ve learned to live with it. Oh, who am I kidding? I am just really ripe today. Probably because it’s been a while. Longer than I care to mention actually.”

Laura Tremaine – “I don’t look half bad today, I think. I mean, my hair’s held up. Which is nice, for once. My fringe looks–well, not awful. Kinda thinking I could go for a different outfit though. This one’s okay, but I don’t know, cardigans always make me look bigger. Well, my size Tall one doesn’t, but it was dirty. Note to Laura: you need more of those! Maybe if you weren’t so cheap then you could buy things that actually flatter your body. Oh, yea right. Who are you kidding? Nothing could flatter such a weird body type. I mean, there’s apples and pears. I feel like I’m a squash. And there’s nothing attractive about a squash. Nothing.”

Chloe Lang – “One day I’m gonna get one. I’m gonna come in here, like I do every other day. But that day will be different. Because something will compel me to make the jump. And I’ll get the passport. I’ll book my first flight ever to some crazy destination, like Bora Bora or Thailand or Rio de Janeiro. And then I’ll leave Maine behind. And I’ll leave Richard behind. And all the bullshit. And I’ll be my own person. For once in my life. And I’ll like that person. Because no matter who that person will be, she’ll be better than me….as I am right now. I’ll actually be proud to be her.”

Krista Schultz – “I just do what I do every other time and say ‘Hi.’ He looks down and rubs his arm and I can tell he knows I don’t know him. But whatever, I was nice about it. I could have just said, ‘Hello random guy I don’t know, but who knows me because I got knocked up in high school. How are you?’ But, no. I didn’t do that. Because despite being a whore, as everyone thinks, I’m also a nice person, which nobody thinks. I try to avoid any further awkwardness and get down to business.”

Jonathan McWhirter*TBD: Yet to be Written*

Following is a Table of Contents for what has been posted and what is to come:

Chapter One – Part One of Eleanor’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/postmarked-eleanors-story/

Chapter Two – Part One of Curtis’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/postmarked-curtiss-story/

Chapter Three – Part One of Sebastian’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/postmarked-sebastians-story/

Chapter Four – Part One of Ivana’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/postmarked-ivanas-story/

Chapter Five – Part One of Louis’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/postmarked-louiss-story/

Chapter Six – Part Two of Eleanor’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/postmarked-eleanors-story-2/

Chapter Seven – Part One of Laura’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/postmarked-lauras-story/

Chapter Eight – Part One of Chloe’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/postmarked-chloes-story/

Chapter Nine – Part Two of Sebastian’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/postmarked-sebastians-story-2/

Chapter Ten – Part Two of Louis’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/postmarked-louiss-story-2/

Chapter Eleven – Part One of Krista’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/postmarked-kristas-story/

Chapter Twelve – Part Two of Ivana’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/postmarked-ivanas-story-2/

Chapter Thirteen – Part Two of Chloe’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/postmarked-chloes-story-2/

Chapter Fourteen – Part Three of Eleanor’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/postmarked-eleanors-story-3/

Chapter Fifteen – Part Two of Laura’s Story:         https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/postmarked-lauras-story-2/

Chapter Sixteen – Part Two of Curtis’s Story:      https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/postmarked-curtiss-story-2-2/

Chapter Seventeen – Part Three of Louis’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/postmarked-louiss-story-3/

Chapter Eighteen – Part Three of Sebastian’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/postmarked-sebastians-story-3/

Chapter Nineteen – Part Three of Ivana’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/postmarked-ivanas-story-3/

Chapter Twenty – Part Two of Krista’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/postmarked-kristas-story-2/

Chapter Twenty-One – Part Three of Curtis’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/postmarked-curtiss-story-3/

Chapter Twenty-Two – Part Four of Ivana’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/postmarked-ivanas-story-4/

Chapter Twenty-Three – Part Three of Chloe’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/postmarked-chloes-story-3/

Chapter Twenty-Four – Part Four of Eleanor’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/postmarked-eleanors-story-4/

Chapter Twenty-Five – Part Four of Sebastian’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/postmarked-sebastians-story-4/

Chapter Twenty-Six – Part Three of Laura’s Story:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/postmarked-laurasstory-3/

Chapter Twenty-Seven – Part Four of Louis’s Story:   https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/postmarked-louiss-story-4/

Chapter Twenty-Eight – Part Three of Krista’s Story: Monday, July 14th, 2014

To know more about the author, a small bio can be found on the About page.

Enjoy! 🙂

Weekly Update No. 4

So….I went to the Post Office today.

But it wasn’t just any trip to the Post Office. I mean, I did send out my Netflix movie. So, there is that. But, the reason this trip was so special is because I also sent two of my Picture Book manuscripts to a publisher!

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Finally, right?! So, I sent it to a publisher in Massachusetts as an “Exclusive Submission”. Wait, what’s that mean? Well, it means that for the next three months I can’t send my manuscripts to any other publisher. They basically have rights to it. I may never hear from them, unfortunately, but it is just so nice to finally have them out there! And to know that I’ve finally attempted to get them published! So, in the next three months, my plan is to keep up Postmarked and maybe a couple other Picture Books that I have ideas for. And just wait and hopefully hear good news!

By the way, I have more exciting news! I’ve finally outlined Postmarked! I know the end! Well, the ends! Yay! And I am really excited to tell you that at some point, each of the characters will interact with another character (Post-Post Office) whether big or small. AND! More good news! I plan to go legit with this story and try to turn it into published novel once I’m done writing it! I don’t know what this means yet for my posting it on this blog or how much I should actually post. But, I do know that I am placing my other novel to the side right now and going full blast with Postmarked. No more Sunday writing! I actually already have Louis most of the way done for Monday 🙂 And I hope to get a little bit done of the next character tomorrow. I think Postmarked could turn out to be anywhere from 300 to 500 pages overall (I have 40 pages so far by the way – Isn’t that insane?!). So, hope you readers are prepared for a lot more story! Because it’s coming whether you like it or not!

So, overall this has been a pretty good week 😀

See you Monday with Louis!                                                                               MEGranger

P.S. If this is the first post you’ve read from me, you should start with Eleanor:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/postmarked-eleanors-story/

Weekly Update No. 3

Today, I have two specific things I plan to say in this Weekly Update. So, let’s get down to business.

First, I just want to say that I’m sorry if there are ever any typos in my writing. I am literally such a hawk about it, but I still miss some SOMEHOW. Just know, I HATE them! Even before I send a simple text message, I read and re-read and re-read them to make sure I didn’t typo (I rarely can even get myself to lowercase an “I”). And if I accidentally hit send and realize I just sent a typo, ugh…you have no idea how much it bugs me. Because you can’t even fix it! BTW, edit tool on WordPress…you are my savior.

But anyway, just know that I do everything I can to avoid typos in my actual, professional writing. I read and re-read and have someone else read EVERYTHING before I post it. So, in regards to “Postmarked”, I already told you all last Weekly Update that I really only have Sundays to write these. That being said, I still read them over and over and over again before I post them Monday. I’m typically done with writing my stories half-way through Sunday and then I just edit for the rest of the day. But STILL! Occasionally, a stupid, little typo or two manages to squeak through. Because I could read these a million times and still miss something. And you have no idea how frustrating that is for me. So then, sometimes after my stories are already posted, I’ll go back and read them and see, WHAT?, a TYPO?!? BUT HOW?!

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     So, just know that if you find a little typo, that stupid thing bothers me just as much as it does you. And I’m sorry.

     The second thing I want to say in this Weekly Update is that I have a little surprise for you next week. Turns out that I will have the time to write TWO “Postmarked” stories for you all! YAY! So Monday, you’ll get to meet Laura. And then Thursday, I’m going to give you a little bonus! I’m pretty sure I know who Thursday’s character will be, but that’s for me to know and you to find out Monday 😀 Sorreh. Part of the reason I also want to do a bonus story is because I realize that may have been a little Cruella of me to leave you guys with that Eleanor ending (Sad Face). And Part Three isn’t coming back up for a while, so I want to try to get you guys there a little quicker (See, I’m nice!). Also, I think I know which one she sent, but if anyone would like to give me their opinions (or their preferences) PLEASE, PLEASE let me know! I want to know where you all are at. Because as of right now I have quite a few Team Tommy’s, but I do have a couple Team Paul’s as well (And don’t pull that Team Eleanor crap on me. This is a Romance, people!). So, though you telling me may not change what I end up doing, it will be nice for me to know! And who knows? Maybe it could! 😉

So, that’s all folks! See you Monday!                                                                               MEGranger

(Please Buddha God, let there be no typos in this post!)

P.S. If this is the first post you’ve read from me, you should start with Eleanor:  https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/postmarked-eleanors-story/

Weekly Update No. 2

Hey all!

So this is my second update. Yay! Not too much new to report unfortunately, but I will try to make this post worth your while through various witticisms and trying to make things sound more interesting than they really are. Sound good? Good!

Okay, so I hope that you all loved Louis. Or at least didn’t totally hate him? He was definitely a very fun character for me to write. Maybe one of the funner ones (“more fun ones” just sounds weird – idkkk get on that, Webster). I love all my characters, but he was on the lighter side for most of the piece and really funny, though he did get a bit heavier towards the end. Gotta keep it interesting right? 😉 There’s like two or three different ways I could go with his story right now, which I am considering. Obviously some of the characters are going to intermingle (some probably won’t at all), but I’m not quite sure yet who I want him to mingle with though I have three in mind. He will definitely do some mingling though. And I mean this in the context of Post-Post Office. But, I have a couple more weeks to figure that out.

Oh, and BTW! Service Announcement here and a little bit of a Writer’s Confession as well: I am flying by the seat of my pants on this story (which I hope isn’t noticeable). I mean I have thought some things out, but not very many. When I sit down to write, that’s when I think about it and often it’s in the context of that character’s immediate story. So, no, I do not know who Eleanor will end up with yet. No, I do not know if Giuliana will come home before Antonio dies (or if he does die?). And no, I’m not sure yet if Louis will ever get laid (But, for his sake, I really hope he does). But, that stuff all works itself out when I’m writing. I’m working my actual job right now and trying to write my novel still. So, at the moment, I really only dedicate Sundays to Postmarked. Therefore, I don’t have all the answers. So we will figure this all out together 🙂

And sometimes I feel extremely lucky with how the story manages to work itself out. For instance, when I was writing Louis’s story, I was trying to figure out if he was going to be able to send the package out or not. I then put the calculations for the package in the actual USPS website and saw that it would come out to that obscene amount. I decided right then (After I had already written half of Louis’s story and two other stories that mentioned Louis with his package) that he would not be able to send it. But then I worried about what the others said. While Sebastian did mention him at the counter, he never said anything about him leaving because he was too busy talking to the abnormally tall woman behind him (whose name is Laura btw). I got worried when I remembered Curtis’s story though because he had mentioned Louis leaving, but this is what he ended up saying: “I look up and notice that the guy with the huge box is walking away and the counter is now open”. I don’t think I knew at that point whether Louis was able to mail the package, but I am REALLY glad I didn’t specify because I don’t think I was elusive about it on purpose. So yea, that’s what I mean when I say I’m flying by the seat of my pants sometimes. I feel like I should outline this story a little, but I don’t know, it’s kind of fun to put it together like a puzzle. Although, I think if I ever did go legit with “Postmarked” that I would go back and do some editing. But, since people have already read portions, I make a point to not contradict myself no matter what. Even if I have to change up what I’m writing. Just a little extra service I throw in.

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But, anyway, as I hope you all who actually do read this blog have noticed, Eleanor is coming back next Monday. I actually have written some of this (SURPRISINGLY) so here’s a couple things to expect:

  1. You will all learn a little more about Mr. Fiance – Hopefully you all haven’t written him off already. He’s a very nice man!
  2. Since Eleanor is last in line, she will have a lot more time to think about what she will do!
  3. Eleanor will only be mailing one of the parcels! (either the journal OR the wedding invites) :O

So yes, that was my ploy to keep you all interested. I hope it worked 😉

See you all Monday!                                                                                                         MEGranger

P.S. If this is the first post you’ve read from me, you should start with Eleanor: https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/postmarked-eleanors-story/

Weekly Update No. 1

I just thought I’d write an additional post this week as an update for how both my writing process and blog process are going so far. I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep up with this for a total of two posts a week from now on. Unless it gets incredibly stale and boring. I haven’t picked a special day of the week for my weekly updates yet, but as of right now, Thursdays sound good, so I’ll go with that. So Mondays will be for “Postmarked” and Thursdays will be a little more insight on me. Ahem, the author 😉

So anyway, I hope that you all are enjoying “Postmarked” so far. I know that I have really enjoyed writing it and exploring different voices and perspectives. Some of them were hard for me to get into mentally, but I think they were the ones that taught me more. With the novel I’m currently writing, there is only one voice throughout all of it. And when I write, I literally have given very specific voices to all of these people and I think in them the entire time. So to me, it does get a little stale to write the same voice after a certain amount of time (Note: Not that the story is stale. That may be bad publicizing on my part), but jumping around so much here has given me a lot of relief with that. And now I like going back to the voice in my novel when I do because I get a little break.

My blogging experience so far has been immensely empowering. Every single comment and view makes me completely giddy (Though I sometimes wonder if it’s just my boyfriend or family reclicking over and over again, but they swear they’re not, so). The blog has also been so helpful with keeping me writing weekly and keeping my creative juices flowing. So, just a shout out to WordPress: You’re awesome! I’ve tried a couple different blogs before and I just found WordPress by random. It is definitely the best out there when it comes to appearances, professionalism, publicizing, and general logistics. So a big round of applause to them. You go, WordPress!

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The only other thing that I think is worthy of mentioning for this week is to say that I have began the process of attempting to publish my two Children’s Picture Books. I have decided to take the route of sending them into publishers as “Unsolicited Manuscripts”, which means that I do not have an agent. I plan on searching for an agent for my novel(s), but I have heard and really believe that it is immensely helpful to have already been published. So I am hoping that publishing these Picture Books will benefit me in more ways than one. I also think that there is no harm in doing it this way because if no one picks them up, then I can just start looking for an agent without having published work. As mentioned in my “About” section (https://megranger.wordpress.com/about/), I have written a Fiction and a Nonfiction Picture Book. I personally believe that the Nonfiction is the stronger of the two, but I definitely adore the Fiction one as well (and I hope Publishers will too). I’m thinking of sending the Nonfiction first and if it doesn’t get picked up, then I’ll send them the Fiction. And I’ll just keep bombarding them with my creative genius until they finally agree to publish me. (That was a joke. I think….) If anyone reading this has any advice for me regarding my intended method, please let me know in the comments. It would be much appreciated.

Well, I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and that you prepare yourself to meet Louis on Monday, January 27th. Because….he’s kind of a handful.

Signing out til Monday,
MEGranger

P.S. If this is the first post you’ve read from me, you should start with Eleanor:    https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/postmarked-eleanors-story/

An Update on Postmarked

Just as a little update for everyone who won’t read this anyway, I have decided that I will be posting a bonus section of my story “Postmarked” for the first week.

How “Postmarked” will work is I will post one part of one of my character’s story at a time. Everyone’s story will begin at the Post Office, but everyone’s stories move at different paces and go to different places. For instance, some character’s time in the Post Office may span into two or three parts of their overall story, whereas it could just make up the first third of the first part of other’s stories. Also, one character’s connection to the Post Office may be deeper than another characters. Everyone is on different levels here.

And by the way, I know that I said in the last post that I have nine different POVs, which may seem like a lot. But, I just want to clarify that not all these characters possess the same amount of weight for the overall story. And also, you will not have to read all nine characters before the first one shows up again. There will be a fair amount of jumping around, that’s for sure.

I can’t wait to show what I have in store for you all who aren’t reading this. I guess right now I have to prove to myself that I can write/blog consistently and then after a couple weeks, when I feel more confident about it all, that is when I will start working hard to build my readership.

For this Monday, I will be posting Part One of Eleanor’s Story. And for Thursday, I will post the bonus section, which will be Part One of Curtis’s Story. So all of you who aren’t reading this, better plan on not reading that too! Unless you do plan on reading it and are reading this too, which would make me feel all warm inside.

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So, until Monday, signing out,

MEGranger

Taking Care of Business

Well, now that I have gotten the awkward first post out of the way, I’d say it’s time to start this blog for real.

Here’s the deal. I am one of the many with the overarching ambition to become a published writer. What’s that you say? Same story, different blog? Yup! You got it! I know that this process is not a new or innovative idea. But, I do know that when it comes to writing, I do have new and innovative ideas.

So. Let’s get on to the big show!

Every Monday, I will be posting one part of my original story “Postmarked”. I am not sure at the moment what the exact specifics of this story will be (how long it will go or what will happen), but I am sure that it will be worth reading (and writing). This story will be told by nine different perspectives, who will all begin in the same place, the Brunswick, Maine town Post Office.

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The thing I love most about this story I have decided to tell is the characters. I have created nine original characters, who are not cliché at all (Promise). As said, each of these character’s stories will begin on a busy day at the Post Office. Some of these characters may never see each other again. Others’ stories may affect one another. This may seem a little like Love Actually, Valentines Day, As I Lay Dying, etc., but this is a fresh take. The real reason I have decided to tell this story on my blog is because it is not as innovative and original as some of my other pieces. I don’t really know the full capacity of the internet, but I do know that once it is out there, it’s out there. So I chose to tell “Postmarked” on this blog for a number of reasons:

  1. It will show my capability to you, Reader. With this story specifically, I will have to prove to you that I am convincing as a narrator within the minds of nine totally different people. Some are young. Some are old. Some are men. Some are women. Some are cool. Some are not. My goal is to convince you that I can encapsulate all of these different perspectives and twist them into a (hopefully) interesting story. If I can do this, maybe I can get people to believe I am a serious writer.
  2. It will challenge me in the process to show that I am one. Nothing is worse than having all these stories inside of you and not ever telling them. I have things that I need to say. And this blog will help push these things out of me. (I feel like Augustus Gloop stuck inside that chocolate tube! I just need that push!)
  3. It reminds me of the novel I am currently writing, which I will be calling “CS” on this blog. I am hoping that writing this story will help me to write my novel (in a perfect world). But I do want to clarify that these stories are vastly different.

This Monday, January 6th, 2013, I will be posting my first part of the story told from the character perspective of Eleanor. I know you guys will like her. She’s actually the inspiration of the entire story. And she reminds me of a character I created for “CS”, but she stands on her own.

Signing out till Monday,

MEGranger

P.S. I may talk about “CS” sometimes on this blog and my process and experiences both in writing it and attempting to publish it. However, I am very protective of this story and so, I probably won’t give very much information out about it. I hope you understand 🙂 ❤

P.S.S. Now, all I need is followers. Hmmm. Wherefore art thou? I’ll just be here….waiting.

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P.S.S.S. If you can’t tell by now, I like 80’s movies.

“When you give up…

“When you give up your dream, you die.”                                                                    -Nick Hurley

This may not be a very well known quote. And it may not even be a quote that was written to evoke inspiration on an individual level. This quote is said by the character Nick Hurley to the protagonist Alex Owens in the 1983 cult classic Flashdance. Up until this point in the movie, her dream was too big for her. At least, she thought it was too big for her. But when he tells her this at the climax of the movie, she finally decides to grab her dream by the horns and fight, well actually dance, like hell for it. Because Nick is right. If we have nothing to hold onto, we are nothing ourselves.

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Up until this point of my life, my dream has always loomed over me like a dark mysterious cloud. But, I’m ready now. I’m ready to look my dream in the face and overcome it. Nothing is holding me back but myself. Nothing has ever held me back but myself. So now, it’s time for me to go charging into that void of possibilities and find out just exactly what it holds for me and what I hold for it.

And what a feeling that will be.