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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Protected: Chapter Fifteen – Laura’s Story

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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.

Protected: Chapter Fourteen – Eleanor’s Story

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Navigating Postmarked

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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

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Enjoy! 🙂