A Brief Commentary on “The Waiting Game”

So in case you didn’t already know or see, last Sunday I was the subject of the Spotlight Sunday feature on Zealous Scripts.  I participated in an interview and I also provided a short story to accompany it called “The Waiting Game.”  It’s a story about a gay man who finds out his boyfriend has been taken to a hospital on account of being found unconscious following a possible mugging, and while he deals with the worry and stress, his roommate comforts him in the most unlikely of ways.

As it’s become a tradition on this blog to provide a commentary of some type whenever I release such works- such as what I did for “The Shadows” and A Moment’s Worth– I figured it be wisest to continue it and provide some background info on how I came up with “The Waiting Game.”  This commentary will likely be a little more informal than previous ones, just to give you a heads up now.  Also, as always, be careful for spoilers if you haven’t read it yet.

created by Lauren Lola
created by Lauren Lola

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Special Thursday Post: Thanksgiving Greetings and Anniversary Acknowledgment

I felt it be wisest to write up a quick post on this fine Thanksgiving Day.  To my fellow Americans, I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!  Having become a published author this year, I have so much to be thankful for; the people- both here in the U.S. and abroad- who take the time to read my blog, the people who have bought and read my debut novel, and all the gracious blogs who have either done reviews on it and/or done features on me.  While  it may not be a lot though, nonetheless I am super grateful and humbled for all and any support coming my way.  So thank you so much!

photo by Lauren Lola
photo by Lauren Lola

On a side note, aside from today being Thanksgiving, today also marks an anniversary for me as well.  Today, November 27th, marks six months since the release of my short story, “The Shadows;” my first publication on Amazon.  While it’s not as big as my novel A Moment’s Worth, it’s still a special story to me.  It served as a mini vehicle for me and an experiment as well, to see if I’ll be able to use the Amazon platform without trouble when putting something online and available for the world to buy and read.  It turned out to be successful, and those who’ve read it have really enjoyed it.  If you haven’t read “The Shadows” yet and would like to, you can check it out by clicking here.

Once again if you’re reading this, thank you again for your support.  Keep an eye out for my regular Saturday post in a few days.

-Lauren

Spotlight Sunday

In case you haven’t heard, I’m the subject of this week’s Spotlight Sunday on Zealous Script. I encourage you to check it out, along with my short story accompanying my interview called “The Waiting Game.” Many thanks to Tiana for featuring me today!

-Lauren

My Not-So Secretive Secret

Once you post something online, it’s there for the world to see.  While that may sound kind of scary, really it’s all about finding and searching the correct key terms before you’re discovered.  On the other hand, it also helps to share via word of mouth.  That definitely saves a lot of time when sharing something that’s on the extensive, content-filled world of the Internet.

A Moment’s Worth has been available to the world for four months now, and while a certain number of people at my school know about it (simply because they’ve been told directly), other than that, a majority of the campus doesn’t know.  I’m taking five classes during this last quarter of school and out of all of my professors, only one of them knows that I’m a published author.  The weird part?  I wasn’t even the one who told him.  It was a friend of mine who did.  This professor’s response: “And you’re Doctor who?”  (I’m not going to lie, it was a bit flattering to see how stunned he was.)  Continue reading “My Not-So Secretive Secret”

Re-reading “After Dark” Post-Debut Publication

Today marks four months since the publication of my debut novel of A Moment’s Worth (crazy, I know) and the past few days, I’ve been re-reading a book that I read for the first time earlier in the year.  I’m re-reading Haruki Murakami’s After Dark.  Now normally I wait a while- such as a year, maybe more- before re-reading a book, just so I can re-read it with a refreshed mindset.  However, with a month left of school for me, I checked it out of my school’s library for a purpose that many tend to best put it as “for science.” Continue reading “Re-reading “After Dark” Post-Debut Publication”

The Shrinking Appearance of Original Screenplays

Two weeks from now, Part 1 of the film adaptation of “Mockingjay” will be playing in movie theaters all over the world.  Based on the final book of the same name of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, this will continue the adaptations of the books for film, with Part 2 of “Mockingjay” set to come out next year.

It’s anything but unheard of for a book to be adapted for film nowadays.  While this has been a recurring venture that’s been going on for decades, it’s been especially common in today’s time where practically everything that’s being shown in the movie theaters are either based off a book or real life events- and if not either of those two common occurrences, then it’s based on a comic series or it’s a remake of a film. Continue reading “The Shrinking Appearance of Original Screenplays”

Thoughts About NaNoWriMo

As you can see, it’s the beginning of another month; the beginning of November.  Halloween costumes have been retired and candy has been collected, and the streets of San Francisco are being cleaned up following yesterday afternoon’s World Series Championship celebrations (go Giants!).  While us Americans have another holiday to look forward to this month- Thanksgiving- for writers all over the world, this month is graced with another name, in regards to a project that begins today and goes through to the end of the month.  I’m talking about NaNoWriMo. Continue reading “Thoughts About NaNoWriMo”