The First Book I Wrote Was Fan Fiction… It Wasn’t As Good As the #AfterSaga

When I was younger, like 5th grade younger, I had a slight crush on the New Kids on the Block.  I lived, breathed, ate, drank, and soaked in everything I could related to the five.  In addition to buying ever Teen Beat, Tiger Beat, etc and taping every single poster I could to my wall… (ok, I couldn’t tape.  We lived in military housing and I had to be very careful that I didn’t ruin the paint… but they were up there and my room was COVERED in them) I also wrote about them.

Every day.  For hours.

I would pull out my trapper keeper and write on lined notebook paper every dream I ever had of myself and NKOTB in fiction form.

(I also did this with the group, The Party.  Remember them?)

Any who.  I wrote.  And I wrote.  And my best friends were written into the story and the story I lived in my head was written on paper.

My dad told me he would help me publish my books – because there was enough content for more than one – and so I stared to type my story into the computer so he could edit them.

And then one day, we were out at the book store and there it was on the shelf.  Someone beat me to it.  Someone else had already published a series of fiction books about my guys.  My dreams were crushed.  At least those I wanted to publish for all the world to read.

I never wrote another word about the fictitious life of Heather and NKOTB.  And really, I didn’t write much after that until I was older… and none of it has been fiction.

Had I been writing like that today, I could’ve been using an app called Wattpad.  Wattpad is the world’s largest community of readers and writers. It has connected over 40 million people around the world who share a love of reading and writing.

Last spring, the 25-year-old One Direction überfan parlayed her love of reading and the British boy-band to create After on Wattpad, a free social reading and writing app, under the nom de plume Imaginator1D. The plot of After revolves around young Tessa and her on-again, off-again relationship with Hardin Scott, inspired by One Direction singer Harry Styles.


Every few days, Anna used Wattpad to publish a new installment. Her fanfic love story swelled to over 2,500 pages and has been viewed more than a billion times. Yes, billion with a ‘b!’ and more than 6 million comments (and counting!)

What’s more?

Anna Todd’s After—which she originally wrote entirely on her phone as a hobby—is now being turned into a four-book series by Simon & Schuster, with the first installment released in October. Paramount Pictures has acquired the film rights to adapt the After story for the big screen.

This could’ve been me.

I’m sure Anna Todd wouldn’t have found all this fame if she were recording her book in her trapper keeper with the large cat of some sort.

So maybe that’s what I’ll work on now… setting up an anonymous Wattpad account in order to write my book.  I have it in me.  I know I do.

You can purchase Anna Todd’s After at barnes and Noble or in ebook form.  Thing 2 and I are arguing over who is going to read it first!

I participated in the After by Anna Todd blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.


Tuesday Reviewsday: Idina Menzel #HolidayWishes #O2O

I will admit I’ve never seen the movie, “Frozen.”


I, do however, know the lyrics to every. single. song. from the soundtrack because all four of my children, ages 17, 15, 12 and 10, repeated them over and over and over again.  For awhile, they listened to the Disney song station on Pandora in the car on the way to and from school.

Even if you’ve never seen the movie, it’s hard not to know who Idina Menzel is.  She was on the TV circuits with the movie’s release and popularity and really, it’s not a common name.  It’s one you remember. I often wondered if this would be her one big moment, if Frozen is all she would be remembered for (which would be a tremendous shame because she is so stinkin’ talented.

So, when I heard she had a Christmas album, I was ecstatic.  (And I’m not big into Christmas albums… I just listen to the radio station, except for the few times I play Dominic the Donkey, Have a Funky Funky Christmas, and Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer – because no radio station plays any of those.)

Tracks included in Holiday Wishes are:

    1. Do You Hear What I Hear
    2. The Christmas Song
    3. Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet with Michael Buble)
    4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
    5. All I Want For Christmas
    6. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
    7. December Prayer
    8. When You Wish Upon A Star
    9. Silent Night
    10. River
    11. Holly Jolly Christmas
    12. White Christmas

And if you get it from Target?  You get “Let It Snow” and “Mother’s Spiritual”

What I like most about this album is the mix of tradition, favorite carols and ones I’m not familiar with.  Additionally, she doesn’t sign them in a manner that you can’t follow along without getting lost… meaning my karaoke sessions in the car are all the more festive!

Holiday Wishes, a Christmas album recorded by Tony Award-winning singer/actor Idina Menzel, is out now on Warner Bros. Records.

The album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey) and features such classic favorites as “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as well as Joni Mitchell’s Christmas-themed “River,” one of Menzel’s favorites.

Another highlight is a duet with international superstar Michael Bublé on “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” An exclusive Target edition of Holiday Wishes features two bonus tracks, including “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”.

If you’re an online music purchasin’ kinda person, you can pick it up at iTunes or Amazon.

And make sure you follow Idina on Twitter, Like her on Facebook, watch her on YouTube or just visit her website!

Merry Christmas!

I participated in the Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.


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Tuesday Reviewsday: The Dreaded “F” Word… Fundraising #sponsored


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Have You Checked Out Minted Yet? #sponsored

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