eacomiskey

Chapter two of The Widow, Melody Scott is not live. Our mysterious narrator gets their first real glimpse of Melody and the kids. Melody dips a toe in the investigative pond, and the children have an encounter with a prehistoric sea monster. Enjoy!
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          	THE WIDOW, MELODY SCOTT
          	
          	A mom's got to do what a mom's got to do.
          	
          	A priceless ruby bracelet has been stolen and a six-figure reward is being offered. Newly widowed housewife Melody Scott needs to earn some major cash, fast, but she's at a loss how to do what the police, museum security, and the best private investigators have failed to do. On her side, she's got four bright children with a knack for thinking outside the box. Working against her, is a criminal mastermind who will stop at nothing to achieve his own ends. 
          	
          	Will Melody be able to earn the reward in time to save her family, or will her attempts lead them all to their doom?
          	
          	https://www.wattpad.com/story/231611464-the-widow-melody-scott

eacomiskey

Chapter two of The Widow, Melody Scott is not live. Our mysterious narrator gets their first real glimpse of Melody and the kids. Melody dips a toe in the investigative pond, and the children have an encounter with a prehistoric sea monster. Enjoy!
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          THE WIDOW, MELODY SCOTT
          
          A mom's got to do what a mom's got to do.
          
          A priceless ruby bracelet has been stolen and a six-figure reward is being offered. Newly widowed housewife Melody Scott needs to earn some major cash, fast, but she's at a loss how to do what the police, museum security, and the best private investigators have failed to do. On her side, she's got four bright children with a knack for thinking outside the box. Working against her, is a criminal mastermind who will stop at nothing to achieve his own ends. 
          
          Will Melody be able to earn the reward in time to save her family, or will her attempts lead them all to their doom?
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/story/231611464-the-widow-melody-scott

eacomiskey

I've been kicking the idea of this mystery/comedy around for quite a while. I told myself I'd wait until I was done with my current off-Wattpad WIP, but I couldn't let it go, so here it is. I hope you enjoy the first chapter! The plan is to post a new chapter each week until it's finished. 
          
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          THE WIDOW, MELODY SCOTT
          
          A mom's got to do what a mom's got to do.
          
          A priceless ruby bracelet has been stolen and a six-figure reward is being offered. Newly widowed housewife Melody Scott needs to earn some major cash, fast, but she's at a loss how to do what the police, museum security, and the best private investigators have failed to do. On her side, she's got four bright children with a knack for thinking outside the box. Working against her, is a criminal mastermind who will stop at nothing to achieve his own ends. 
          
          Will Melody be able to earn the reward in time to save her family, or will her attempts lead them all to their doom?
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/story/231611464-the-widow-melody-scott

Di_Rossi

@eacomiskey  That would be the one, yes. :-)
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eacomiskey

@Di_Rossi The spunky sidekick got her own story? That sounds fun! 
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Di_Rossi

@eacomiskey  Cool! I just did a period mystery-comedy, too! And about stolen jewels!  "Charlotte Wynthorpe and the Case of the Disappearing Diamonds". It spoofs early 20th century detective fiction, like Agatha Christie novels. :-)
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livesdenisa

Hey, I'm new here, would you help me get more readers? Read my story, I wanna know your opinion. Thanks. 

eacomiskey

Today I get the honor of introducing you to my other mentee, @Raquel@03. Raquel's brave and determined heroine is trying to survive a sort-of-but-not-quite-always-dystopian (AKA, interesting and believable)  future where her reality is the polar opposite of what she's always been led to believe. Her characters are rich and easy to fall in love with, and you'll find yourself cheering for their success.
          
          Check it out!
          
          ONE IN A MILLION
          
          It's been one hundred years since the end of the fifth world war, and society is now living with the consequences. Mutations have made their home in the population's DNA, popping up all over the globe. Gifts, are what people call them, and some are as normal as knowing what time it is without needing a watch, while others are so extraordinary that they are considered a danger to the public. 
          Divided into Norms and Elites society is run by the high council, specifically, by the President, the man who controls the entire world. 
          But something sinister is tired of hiding in the shadows, of being forgotten. Something dark that threatens to overthrow the power that has been ruling the world for so long, putting  the very fabric of society at risk. 
          
          Brianna is a normal 17 year old with normal 17 year old problems. Except, she isn't normal, not really. She is the only person in the world without a Gift, or at least, that is what she has believed her entire life. When she meets an unexpected group of young Elites she learns that there is more to her than meets the eye, and with the help of her new team she must stop something from happening that may mean the start the next world war.  
          Will she rise to the challenge? Or will everything she's ever wished for be stripped from her very being? Revenge is a dangerous game, and not everyone is ready to play it.
          
          "And if I don't want to go?" I ask, crossing my arms defiantly. 
          
          He smirks. "Then I guess I'll just have to convince you."
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/story/219500137-one-in-a-million

eacomiskey

I have the extraordinary privilege of mentoring not just one, but TWO of Wattpad's hottest up-and-comers this Watty season. I'm going to share one today and one tomorrow, and I hope you get the chance to check out their stories. You won't be disappointed!
          
          First up is the talented @Ellen_Reese who compares her story, "Got Guts" to Breaking Bad meets Misery. Who doesn't want to read that, right? But wait... there's more! Somehow, Ellen makes her serial killer story kind of charming and funny. Not sure how she managed that, but it works! Check it out!
          
          Got Guts
          
          Kidnap, torture, kill, repeat. That's how this serial killer rolls. Now, what does it take for one boy to escape his horrifying captivity?
           
          It takes guts!
          
          Kevin and Josh, two college best friends, are trying to launch a chemistry startup. Their lives turn into a living hell when Kevin's bad luck drives him to the doorstep of a serial killer. While Josh is freaking out and tries his best to find Kevin, the psycho killer is enjoying torturing his young victim in every possible way.
          
          However, there is one thing that the killer doesn't know; he picked the wrong victim to mess with.
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/story/135425051-✔-got-guts-how-to-escape-a-psycho-serial-killer

Ellen_Reese

@eacomiskey OMG. Thank you for this sweet shoutout, Elizabeth ❤❤
            I'm so lucky to have you as a mentor ^-^
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Di_Rossi

@eacomiskey  Ah right. Evelyn not Ellen. Got those two mixed up.
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eacomiskey

@Di_Rossi nope. He got EvelynHail and NVPembroke. Funny you should ask though, because Ellen's style reminds me a little of his, and during the selection process I wondered if she had applied to him. Lucky for me, she didn't, so I got the chance to work with her.
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eacomiskey

To my Black friends...
          I'm broken. I don't know how to make it right, but I'm with you. I hear you. I'm trying to do better. I'm trying to teach my children to do better. You are not alone.

eacomiskey

@Di_Rossi Exactly. I'm always curious what the international community's perception of our oddities is. I have to say, never in my life has civil war felt like such a real possibility. The president and his followers have a particular, unyielding mindset, and those who are not part of that group are strongly opposed. All my life I believed humans could always find middle ground. Right now, I'm not so sure. It is scary and stressful times, far more so for Black people and those in urban areas.
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eacomiskey

*wise enough. Not wide.  Forgive my touchscreen typos
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eacomiskey

@Di_Rossi The short answer is yes. As a whole, the nation has stuck our collective heads in the sand for years. White people have said, "We have civil rights laws now. Everything is equal." But the roots of racism run deep and affect everything from education to medical care to treatment by police. Tensions regarding this have been building for a long time. Recently, there were a series of events that were taped and went viral. The most horrific was the brutal murder of a Black man by police, but there have been others as well. Protests have broken out in every major city, demanding that leaders take a strong stand to put an end to systematic racism and police brutality. Some of the protests have turned violent and now the president is threatening military action against protesters. You can imagine the fear and anger that his threats have caused. All this in the midst of the virus, which is still spreading unchecked in many cities and will, no doubt, affect both protesters and law enforcement. It's a mess. It's scary, especially for Black Americans. I can only pray that, like in the 1960s, good comes from it in the long run. I and white, and in my rural community, I am safe. I recognize what a privilege that is, and I hope that, should any sacrifice be asked of me to help my country grow beyond our brokenness, I am wide enough to know what to do, and brave enough to do it.
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eacomiskey

I was so excited to see the Wattys Bootcamp mentee list go up this morning! These writers represent some truly extraordinary talent. I can't wait to see their final, fully-polished works. There's not a doubt in my mind a large number of them will end up with Watty Award stickers by the end of the year. Congratulations and good luck to all the teams! 
          If you applied and were not chosen, I hope you aren't too discouraged. The mentors were overwhelmed by the quality of the submissions, and choosing was extraordinarily difficult. Keep an eye on the Bootcamp announcements for opportunities to polish your work and stay connected with the group. It's going to be a fantastic Wattys season!
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/891431192-wattys-2020-bootcamp-mentorship-program-mentee

Maraudin

Thank you so much for the follow, and for adding The Problem With Dying to your reading list! I really appreciate your support. 
          
          
          —Ashley