“Girls Chase Girls” #Featured on Wattpad

I’m very excited to tell you guys that my LGBT+ YA romance short Girls Chase Girls has been chosen as a Featured story on Wattpad. This means Girls Chase Girls has been deemed creative, well-written, and unique enough to warrant a space on the Wattpad Featured list, where it will remain indefinitely for all to see. I’m honored to have been selected and I hope you’ll come over to Wattpad to celebrate with me!

I’ve also entered this story in the 2015 Wattys for Wattpad.

Girls Chase Girls can be found here. Constructive criticism is love! Comments of any stripe make my day. Votes are appreciated but not required; the same goes for sharing on social media.  Thanks to everyone who’s already read and I hope the rest of you will give Girls Chase Girls a chance, too.

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Sweet Validation! And It’s Camp NaNo Prep Time!

You guys might remember that contest on WattPad I competed in in February, mentioned here. I wrote a YA Contemporary Romance short story/novellete entitled “Girls Chase Girls” for the Tay Gets the Gay LGBT+ Valentine’s Day writing contest. The results have just been announced and, lo and behold, I won!  Continue reading

“Girls Chase Girls”

I’ve decided to get active on WattPad.  I’ve previously posted a few excerpts I’ve written, but this time I decided to write something just for Wattpad. The Tay Gets the Gay account there promotes stories that feature LGBT+ characters, which is something I’m very much in favor of, so when they decided to hold a Valentine’s Day story contest, I couldn’t resist. I decided to take my passions for cars, ladies, and romance and put them together.  I give you, YA Contemporary Romance, “Girls Chase Girls“:

The cover WattPad user @RosyKun was kind enough to design for me. The images used at property of their copyright holders. No profit was earned by their use and no infringement is intended.

Extended Summary:

The Webber Wild Girls are the stuff of legend at Elise Webber High School for Engineering Professions.

Turn over a rock and you’ll see their mark.  Scrape paint off the wall and you’ll find their names.  Every event, good and bad, since the day the Webber School opened its doors can be traced back to those Wild greaser girls.  Generations of them have stalked the halls, ruling the school with red-polished fists and filling the parking lot with an endless procession of growling autos and steaming Harley-Davidsons in coordinated colors.  Nothing is impossible for a Wild Girl.

If Webber School is the animal kingdom, they are the queens of the jungle.  Kings need not apply.

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Xia Qi is a loner, a certified square peg in the rocking and rolling reality of Webber High School in 2014.  She isn’t funny or beautiful, and nobody would intentionally describe her as outgoing.  She’s as invisible as she’s been for the past three years, until the day she isn’t…until the day a certain greaser girl saves her life.

Phaedra Barlowe is the kind of girl Xia’s mother warned her about: an athletic, rude, presumptuous, cocky, dyed in the wool greaser with the patched leather jacket and die-cast black ’67 Camaro to match. Phaedra and her crew are untouchable on a good day and unbeatable in a fight.  If that isn’t enough, they’re gorgeous to boot, every single one of them.  Phaedra’s no exception, but she’s the one that drags Xia out of her wrecked car at New Year’s and she’s the one that brings Xia flowers at the hospital when no one else bothers to visit.  She’s the one who won’t let Xia say thank you no matter how she tries.

This Wild Girl is a lot of things, some of them bad, but mostly she’s Xia’s hero, and if Xia plays her cards right, she’ll be Xia’s valentine, too.

That incredible cover was designed by uber-talented WattPad graphic artist @RosyKun and is used by me with permission.  The images used therein are the property of their respective copyright holders. No profit was earned by their use and no infringement is intended.

Day 8: 40% achievement unlocked!

Ended day 8 with a really very surprising 20,119 words written. W00t! Not too shabby. Could be a lot worse.  Upside, I’m 40% to my goal. Downside, most of it’s dialogue that tells more than shows. I’ll fix it in the revising. No big.  The important thing…

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Life, boy I don’t know

Grad school is work. It’s just work. I love it, because I really do love to be busy, but it’s also pressure and I have a love/hate relationship with pressure.  When I prepare well, I’m equal to any task, but when I underestimate the job ahead, I’m a hazard to myself. I’m adapting.

Anyway, after months of saying I would, I finally got a chance to participate in #writeclub with @FriNightWrites on Twitter this past Friday. Continue reading

About inspiration and reference

You may be wondering what all these ‘Inspiration’ and ‘For Reference’  posts are about.  Basically, I wanted to share what sorts of things get my muse going and keep her fed.  I’m a highly visual person. If you give you me something beautiful, I will want to compose an epic about its origins, purpose, and fate.  It’s just the way I am.  Give me several beautiful things and I’ll try to bring them together like a puzzle to figure out how I can make them all fit into one fantastical work.  I adore imagery and have spent longer than I care to admit trying to live up to the thousand words every picture promises.  The truth is that I’m not as good as all that, but I always try and that’s what the inspiration posts are all about: the tales I want to spin about every astonishing, moving thing I see or hear.

The music posts show what songs get my fingers moving.  The moodier and the more atmospheric the better.  Epic music begets epic writing. RainyMood begets literary hurricanes everywhere.  It all shakes out in the wash, trust me.

The reference posts are FYIs for people who, like me, love research but can’t possibly research every relevant topic under the sun. Who has time to find out what all the different styles of coats and shoes are called? Right, not me, not even me.  Tumblr is a great resource for writers and I like to share anything I find out in the hopes that others get as much use out of it as I have.

An Introduction

Hi, I’m Idris. Welcome to my writing blog. This is the place where I’ll talk about stories I’m working on and reblog stuff that inspires me. (Like food. So much food. Also, badass ladies and music.)  I love chatting about writing, so feel free to hit up the ask box here and ask me anything.

I graduated from college with a B.S. in Anthropology last year and I’ll be attending grad school for Public Health in the fall.  I’ve been writing since I was around ten, but I’ve always made up stories.  Writing is something I’d love to make a living at, but since I know I may not be able to, I’ve cultivated a number of other talents.  I dance and kickbox with the odd mixed martial arts session thrown in.  I enjoy music of all sorts and studying new languages is a favorite pastime of mine.  I also love food, cooking it as well as serving it to others.  These things tends to pop up in my writing often because I love them so much. I suppose that’s just a bit of me that gets mixed in with all my stories.

I write everything. I write romance, suspense, political satire, horror, speculative fic and scifi/fantasy. I do contemporary young and new adult, and outright adult fiction. I love to mix and match my genres and categories.  What’s reading without the element of surprise?  I’m a little bit funny on paper, but don’t hold me to that.  My characters tend to be as eccentric as I am, bless their hearts, but luckily not as southern.  Well, how lucky they are remains to be seen.

My profile picture and banner were created using the fantastic meditation website, WeaveSilk. I highly recommend it.

If you’d like to get to know me a bit better, here are some places you can keep up with me.

GoodReads

Twitter

Wattpad

WordPress

The offerings are a bit sparse for the moment, but they’ll improve with time. Feel free to follow along.

I have a non-writing tumblr (livejournal and twitter and GR) as well where I concentrate my general fangirling and sarcasm-laced randomness.  It’s not much of a mystery, but let me know if you’d like to follow me there, too.

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Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the show.