Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wins and Losses....

As noted below, a week ago I received an e-mail from Wattpad, stating that Evening Star had been chosen for Wattpad's Valentine's Special on their mobile apps. Our middle son loaded the Wattpad app onto his iPod Touch and the Valentine's Special consisted of only 15 stories; Evening Star was listed on the bottom of the first page.

I noted in my previous post that Evening Star had jumped from 192,000 reads to 214,000 in just a day. Well, as of this evening, Evening Star just passed 427,000 reads and Pinned but Fluttering has passed 180,000 reads and has stayed at #1 in the Thriller genre for the past few days since I updated it Sunday evening.

So I'm tickled fuchsia over this wonderful development on Wattpad. There are many stories with more reads than mine, but I am simply thrilled with where my little fan fics are right now.

Unfortunately, I did not win either the Best Vamp category for Pinned but Fluttering nor the Best Story/Rising Star category for Evening Star on The Hidden Star Awards. I knew that I didn't have much of a chance, but it was still fun and exciting to enter!!

So I shall return to writing my fan fics and preparing for two workshops I'm teaching at our local Bible Camp for their huge Women's Retreats. I'll be teaching one the day after my birthday and one the next Saturday as well. One will be on journaling, and the other on blogging; the theme of the retreat is "Leaving a Legacy." I have tons of prep to do, so I may take a day or two and write in a lodge room on the retreat grounds next week. We'll see.

So the next chapter of Pinned but Fluttering will be up over the weekend. Because I'll be away the following weekend for our own church's retreat, I may try to write the following chapter a bit early so that I can still post the chapter for next weekend on time. ;)

So keep on reading and writing, my friends!! Take care, all!!

Lotsa love,
Cassandra :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Wattpad's Valentine's Special

Last night when I logged into Wattpad, I noticed something interesting. My reading stats for Evening Star had taken a huge jump upward, going from 192,000 reads yesterday morning to passing 200,000 reads last night. I jumped and hoorayed and generally annoyed my family to no end. Because this is big news, right?

So this morning I was even more surprised to see the reader stats for Evening Star jump to nearly 214,000 reads. While I pondered this extremely welcome but rather confusing state of my long-finished story, I received this rather intriguing e-mail:


Just wanted to let you know that your story has been selected for inclusion on our Valentine's Special on Wattpad's mobile apps. If you want to check it out, log into your Wattpad app on your mobile device. The story will be listed under "Valentine's Special". Please let me know if you have any questions.

We're really excited about featuring you. Thanks for your wonderful work :)

All the best,

Maria Cootauco
Community Engagement Manager

Although they don't mention which story was included in their "Valentine's Special," I'm making the assumption that it's Evening Star. ;)

That's sooooo cool!!! :)

In addition, voting begins TODAY and finishes on SUNDAY for the Hidden Star Awards!! Click here to vote for both Evening Star as "Best Story/Rising Star Award" and Pinned but Fluttering as "Best Vamp."

I'll post another reminder to vote tomorrow!!

Flying high today,
Cassandra :)

Monday, February 6, 2012

I Am Nominated!!


My dear friend Natalia Mazaur e-mailed me tonight to let me know that she discovered our nominations for The Hidden Star Awards!! This award is for those of us slaving away on our keyboards, writing quality stories yet not quite breaking into the big time.

Evening Star is nominated for "Best All-Around Story" (Rising Star Award) and Pinned but Fluttering is nominated for "Best Vamp."

And the lovely and talented Natalia Mazaur is nominated for "Best Author" (Rising Star Award).

You may view the List of Nominees here.

Voting is this weekend, February 10-12, so please do vote for myself and Natalia. I'll be sure to remind you to vote again come the 10th!

Cassandra :)