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Hello, everyone!

It’s been quite a long time since I was actively on Inkshares and busily trying to figure out ways of publishing my books, but alas, all that work burned me out in the end. So, as you know, I took a looooong break, which mostly is because I’m a freshman in college now. However, despite being in college, I can’t shake that creative itch in the back of my mind that flourishes with brand new ideas and ways of polishing those already made. I want to walk on the same path I did before, but grow more upon it. I believe that in the area I am in, I can get more reader eyes on my projects, but I won’t be breaking my back so much, as in not trying to pre-order at the moment--just taking it slow and steady in draft phase.

It’s really strange now that I’ve come back. I wondered about the people who followed my projects, their thoughts, the people I followed personally and cheered on from the background with their own projects, but also how to tackle this again. First step is simply to reorganize both "Detective Diaries" and "Scarlet". As for which project gets attention, it will have to be "Detective Diaries". It stands as the first book I’ve ever made, which was way back when I was a freshman in high school--just out middle school, and it feels only right to finish it. I won’t put my hopes in publishing it here, for there are other ways of doing so, but if there is change in the project and I go through with gathering more eyes, there will be a chance. That is all for now. I’m looking forward to seeing what this can become.

Yours truly,

A.J.III.

  Hey, everyone!

  It’s been a crazy couple of days at my college, and the heat is relentless as always in my state at this time of year. There was so much I didn’t take into account when I moved into my dorm house and got my classes settled. I never properly prepared for the amount of time I would be away from my home daily, and usually, I’ll be gone from the morning to the evening, and even then, I will most likely go out for a bit to get some free food somewhere, attend an event, or workout. As much as I love writing and such, I believe going through with my current campaigns with the load that’s starting to settle in, I’ll get crushed by the responsibility. I hope you all who have ordered and thought about doing it in the future can understand my position, ’cause my current attention span is solely on my studies and finding a suitable job. Everyone who have ordered will get a refund. Still, that doesn’t mean Scarlet will just die. Just going back to the draft phase, but hiatus mode, and probably every now I’ll consider making an update to let you guys know about any changes. It isn’t easy getting published, which I’m sure you all know from being here, and it’s definitely not easy getting orders--marketing yourself comes into play and when I originally stumbled upon Inkshares, I believed many naive things swarming inside my head that it wouldn’t be a hard road, but in truth, it is hard. So, I’ll step away from this campaign stuff and focus on my important priorities rather than fighting an uphill battle at the moment with these orders. I don’t know when I’ll be able to continue this again, for it may take a semester, or my whole freshman year before I feel comfortable again. Detective Diaries will get the same treatment as Scarlet, so on both sides, there will be nothing new. However, don’t believe I won’t be writing still on the side and such, it’s just that I don’t have the confidence to juggle everything because I don’t want to fail. While the project is in a hiatus state, I will be having writing classes and there’s a possibility that I can work for the radio station on campus--they need writers, and that’s just another way for me to learn new things from actual professionals and advertise. Thanks for reading like always. :)

  Until next time,

  -A.J.III.

  Hey, rebels.

  I wasn’t aware of where the "Update Readers" button was, but now that I have found it, I have to speak about the upcoming days and updates. The project will go through a small hiatus until the next week because I’m moving into my dorm room and need to just focus on school at the moment. My writing schedule will be unstable from the move, so once I find a suitable time gap where I can be in peace to write and feel confident about my status at school, I’ll start up again next week. Also, because of the fact that I’m a freshman, I want to experience some of the fun college has to offer first before locking myself away for hours like I usually do. Hopefully, by meeting people and getting familiar with the campus, I can spread my books around in the process, and even meet someone with a dream like mine. So, I apologize if you were expected the Forgotten Story. I promise to deliver next week. Well, thanks for reading, and have a good weekend. :)

  From yours truly, A.J.III.  

  Afternoon, rebels!

  It’s been a quiet day for me, and a relaxing one. It’s good to take breaks when it matters because you don’t want to drain yourself out! That being said, I wanted to upload the next Forgotten Story around Thursday. I need to pull back on releasing them a little because there are characters that will be having a dedicated chapter but isn’t even mentioned yet in the main storyline, and now that we have reached eight orders--we just need two more so I could release the next main chapter. I’ve only just recently noticed the pricing on my book orders went down, and the Lawful order is now $7.99--so, if you have stored up credits or the right amount of change to get Scarlet now, please don’t hesitate! Also, I want to say that I have been working on a video for the project page, and I’m trying to take the creative approach and make it more than just talking about the book, but I’m just struggling with finding the right tools. Well, thanks for reading today’s update.

  Stay rebellious!

  From yours truly, A.J.III.

  Hello, rebels.

  As I said earlier, Forgotten Stories(Aria) would be up this afternoon, and it is here! Before you read, there is something I wish to explain. There will be specific connections to these scenes in the main storyline, but it’d be out of gesture of the characters or by their actions. Meaning--Aria could be guiding someone with the knowledge she gained from Father Lucien, or Noctis will encourage someone feeling rejected due to the words from his sister--Celestina. It will all be explained for everyone, so don’t think if you don’t read the Forgotten Stories you’ll be lost haha. I’m debating on the next Forgotten Story, and I’m leaning more towards Balthier than Eldo because Balthier is one of those characters with a background that connects to the heart of the problem. By the way, if you guys enjoy the 3rd-person perspective(I really am), then let me know personally if you don’t mind. At first, I was considering making Scarlet 3rd-person because my writing flows easier, but it’s really up to what I want the reader to feel and witness in the end. Make sure to recommend, share, or mention what’s going on here, and I’d love to see more reviews that speak about the highlights of the book so that people coming in can see my strong points. That’s all for now! 

  Stay rebellious!

  From yours truly, A.J.III. 

  Hey, rebels.

  I really needed that break yesterday. Now, I feel 120%! So, as I said yesterday, Forgotten Stories(Aria) would be coming today! Expect it sometime today--my schedule always switch-up and stuff, so best not to set a predetermined time. I’ll speak a bit about Aria, and what to expect out of her before going on to other things.

  Aria is that character who isn’t easy to please, antisocial, but can be the most loyal friend you could ever have. She opens up to those she is comfortable with, and she’s not a daredevil like Noctis, but she carries out the role of being a scout by being in danger to reassure the numbers her comrades would go up against. From just the way she was in combat in the first chapter, you can tell that she has some experience. The main storyline will explain that experience, but in this chapter, you’ll see her through a different lens.

  I want to give a big thanks to Andrew Wood because of the review he wrote for Scarlet. I apologize that I’m late on this Andrew--I kept saying I would do it yesterday but it slipped my mind when my allergies kicked in. Anyways, big thanks to him, and the review will be below!


  A fascinating premise leads into a promising story. Scarlet is a thrilling, post-apocalyptic adventure that you can’t afford to miss! I’m looking forward to seeing more from this author.


  Also, I want to welcome the new rebels that are following Scarlet. You all have my thanks! I’m sure soon I will be emailing you guys that haven’t ordered to get you on board, including old followers as a reminder. Please, make sure to recommend, share, or mention my book to others so that more support could come pouring in. I’d really appreciate it! That will be all for this update, and remember...stay rebellious!

  From yours truly, A.J.III.

  Mornin’, rebels.

  I woke up, and my allergies was already kicking my butt out of the sheets. Usually, on these days, I can hardly work to the best of my ability, and I’d get constant headaches from sneezing and coughing all the time. So, I decided to take it easy today because I’ve been moving around and talking non-stop it seems, but I’ll have Forgotten Stories(Aria) up tomorrow afternoon. Please, for those who haven’t already, check out the chapters that are out and consider pre-ordering soon! Don’t forget to recommend and share.

  Stay rebellious!

  From yours truly, A.J.III.

  Hey, rebels!

  I had finished Forgotten Stories(Noctis) earlier than I anticipated, so now that it is up, go ahead and check it out! Noctis is a character that readers will more than likely enjoy once his character gets fleshed out in the main storyline. So, I hope you enjoy reading a little bit about his life before the apocalypse, and the next character dedicated chapter will be Aria, and I’m debating whether to upload tomorrow or Monday. I’ll let you guys know soon. By the way, you’ll notice that it’s in third-person--that’s how these chapters will be!

  Thanks for reading!

   From yours truly, A.J.III. 

  Good morning, rebels!

  As the 6th day of the contest opens, I’m feeling pretty good about the plan I have set out for Scarlet. While it may not reach the leaderboards by the end of this week, there are several other chances I can capitalize on. However, the point of this update isn’t about the leaderboards--it’s about the Forgotten Stories. I will be uploading Noctis’ story around late evening--I’m hoping, and it covers his life just before everything fell apart. Whether the chapter will be short or long will depend upon the length I’m willing to expose. There will only be two characters in the chapter--Noctis, and his older sister, Celestina. Over the many drafts and completed chapters I’ve done concerning this book, I’ve always tried making Noctis the dare-devil/heroic guy of the group. Always leaping into danger, pulling off stunts only he could do, and being there to assist Scarlet in her time of need as her most trusted ally. In the chapter, you’ll see a side of Noctis you wouldn’t see in the main storyline. Thanks for reading, and remember...stay rebellious!

  From yours truly. A.J.III.  

  Hey, rebels!

  This update was just something that came out of the blue while I was scoping out the other projects/authors in the contest, and I must say, there are a bunch of creative minds out there! Still, this is a contest. In order for Scarlet to get on the leaderboards and maintain that position, there would have to be orders coming in everyday almost--from my understanding. I believe if we reached the leaderboards, it could change the momentum and make people gravitate to Scarlet. That’s why I’ve been advertising, attending meetings, and even emailing old teachers of mine who enjoyed my talent. It’s a tiring process for sure, but how you dedicate yourself from the start until the end matters. 

  "Work harder than those above you, and you’ll achieve greatness."

  My coach told me that, and I took it as a life lesson. It applies to everything! Hahaha, but I will calm down with the inspirational vibes I’m giving off and just say thank you to those who ordered today. I personally thanked them when I had the chance, and their responses is probably why I feel so inspired tonight haha. Once again, thanks to them, but also to those who’s been following and watching over my progress. No matter how long in the contest it takes, let’s reach Top 3! Goodnight, and remember...stay rebellious--let your dreams go wild!

  From yours truly, A.J.III.