I understand that we have new host for SYW… Sparks From a Combustible Mind.
Hello! I’m Liz. Nice to meet you!
Anyhoo… on to the questions.
Seeing as how I am old, I like to tell these young whippersnappers about what it was like when I was a footloose and fancy free flight attendant.
My interview included stepping on a scale in front of a crowded room and saying I would cut my hair and move to New York. Training consisted of weighing in everything three to four days. If you were a pound overweight, you went home. I’m 5’6 and the most I could weigh was 127 lbs. Our lipstick had to be company approved and seen across the room. Our instructor would come in, clap her hands, and say “Lips, ladies. Lips.” We would all have to stop what we were doing and put on our lipstick.
I am the queen of bad starts. Let’s see. I’ll go with university. My freshman year I was a B-/C+ student. When I graduated, I was on the Dean’s List. Of course, my horrible freshman GPA dragged down my cumulative. No cum laude for me. Eh. Whatev.
“Dude. I am so hungover.”
I finally finished FlyGirl: The First Edition on Wattpad. (Gah! “The First Edition” is so pretentious. I should change it to “The First Version.” )
FlyGirl is the first story I wrote for a public audience. It’s about a rich girl whose lawyer brothers sell her to a wealthy client to save their white shoe (100+ years old) law firm from financial ruin. There’s mobsters, flight attendants, snarky FBI agents, and a flatulent Irish Setter. You’d think it would be a best seller. Ha ha. Ha. *snert
For those of you unfamiliar with Wattpad, it is a social media forum where aspiring writers can post their stories a chapter at a time. Readers can vote and comment. I used it as a platform to get my work out there, as well as to see if I could find a CP or two.
Like anything else, there are good and bad things about Wattpad. I think a lot of people go into it thinking they’re going to have an experience like The Kissing Booth. They’re not. The chances of that happening are like winning the lottery. It can happen, but generally doesn’t.
Also, at its heart, Wattpad is YA platform. For writers like me who tend more towards new adult and adult content, Wattpad rules can be a bit constrictive. (They got a thing about cursing. I’m just saying.)
I’m glad I did Wattpad. I still want to finish up the re-write version (FlyGirl 2.0), more for myself than anything else. I’ll admit, it’s a little frustrating in that I’m not going to get any book deal, agent interest, or any pecuniary thing out of it.
Not that it matters. Sometimes you do something just because you love it.
You need a username and password to read the Wattpad version. It’s free, but Wattpad is pushing a premium version.