The Liberty Chronicles: Book One- Chapter One

Jordana Black had three weeks left until the end of the summer and the beginning of her Freshman year of college. She was enjoying every minute of it. During the school year, she had to find time to squeeze in reading, writing, and relaxing between all of the studying and homework. During the two months she got to be away, she could do all of those things.  

On a fine summer day, she was laying in the hammock her stepdad strung between the two oak trees in the backyard. She was reading a book, the one where the guy gets the girl and they live happily ever after when she got a call from her boyfriend Kade. The call went to her tablet and she saw Kade’s face on the screen, overlaying the book she was reading.  

“Accept call,” she instructed the device. “Well hello there stranger.” She could see Kade rolling his eyes on the video feed now taking over her screen, his normally curly black hair now mostly hidden underneath a ball cap.  

“Strange? There’s not a thing strange about me.” As he said this, he demonstrated his ability to shift both of his eyeballs outward at the same time. “Nothing at all.” 

“Gross, you win just stop that!” 

This always makes Kade laugh. “Hey, you. What’s a girl like you do with her time on a day like this?” 

“Well, you know, things that girls like me do, of course,” she said, “whatever that means.” 

“You’re reading, aren’t you”? 

“You know me too well. What are you doing handsome?” 

“Thinking,” said Kade.  

After a moment consisting of nothing much more than a blank stare, Kade breaks the silence.  

“Well, it’s been a while since we’ve done anything other than talk on the phone and, not that I don’t like talking to you, I just thought I might take you to a movie and maybe get some dinner before.” 

“A smile reaches Jordana’s eyes. “You would, would you?” 

“I would.” 

“Hmm. I guess I could make time for a guy like you to take me to a movie.” 

“Great. Then a guy like me will pick you up at about 730. Oh hey, I think you should be expecting some sort of delivery soon. Love you, bye!” 

“Love you too,” said Jordana to a blank video feed before her screen filled back up with the book.  

A few pages later, she was interrupted again by a low buzzing sound coming from above. The sound was coming from a delivery drone from Ember, a massive online retailer that sold nearly anything and, in the major cities, delivered most packages by drone shortly after an order was placed.  

Jordana got up from the hammock as the drone landed with the package a short distance from her. It shut down its motors as she approached. There was a red light above a small screen. This screen instructed her to place her index finger in a small box to certify receipt of the package. She did so and a green light replaced the red one. A message now appeared on the screen advising her to stand back, gave her ten seconds to do so, started its motors, released the package, and zoomed to the sky.  

When the drone was gone, she picked up the package and opened it to find another box labeled “Converse All-Stars”. Inside this box was a pair of shoes which she had only dreamed of having before today. They were white with pink accents. High top Converse All-Stars. At first, she could not even process what she saw in front of her. This was something that she had mentioned to Kade years ago when they were in Middle school. There were only 1,000 of these made and they cost over $200 when they first came out which meant either he paid a ton of money for them or he found a way to buy them back then. Either way, she was grateful she had someone in her life who cared this much for her. She wanted to call him back and thank him but she knew he would want her to wait and just wear them tonight. That’s exactly what she did.  


She was sitting on the curb waiting when Kade arrived. She stood and watched in unexplainable anticipation as the door on the PodShare pod lifted, allowing him to stand and walk out to her. The first thing he did was look at her feet to see her wearing the shoes he got her.  

“So, you got my gift.” 

Jordana slapped him on the arm before embracing him in a hug. “You’re crazy, you know that? I can’t even imagine how much these things must have cost you.” 

He smiled. “Eh, only a small fortune.” 

“Well thank you. I can’t even believe you remembered me talking about these.” She broke the hug but immediately took his hand.  

“You look good Jo. Really good.” She had the perfect outfit picked out for the shoes. She looked like a blast from the past with her ripped jeans, pink and white band shirt, and a pink hoodie, despite it being nearly 90 degrees outside. If he ever had any regrets about spending what he spent, it was gone now seeing her standing there.  

“Let’s go then, shall we,” said Kade, motioning for Jordana to get into the pod. Once inside, Kade pressed an icon on the tablet in front of them that said “continue”. A voice from somewhere in the pod said “continuing to Fire Grill. Arriving in seventeen minutes.   


The Weekly Westin

Total Manuscript Word Count:  4,330

Hey guys and gals! Happy Monday! If that’s a thing. It’s a thing, right?

I hope you all had a productive and enjoyable week last week. Mine was busy of course. Work was crazy. I feel like I say that all the time but it’s been the absolute truth lately.

If you didn’t notice, my manuscript didn’t grow very much. I technically only added 108 words to my story last week. However, if you read last weeks post, you’ll know that I decided to change perspectives. I figured I may as well do this in the fourth chapter while my gut told me to. Naturally, this was almost like a first edit, not to mention some things that work in first person just don’t work in third. That said, even though my total word count didn’t grow, my novel did. There were parts that even I didn’t know were going to happen until I changed perspective. So this is a good thing.

Also, I had a major revelation on Saturday, but I can’t tell you what that is. All I can say is that I know how this book will end. As most ideas do, it just came to me out of nowhere. But I do think that this is how it has to end. I can’t wait for you guys to read it when it’s done.

Another bit of interesting news, I’ve acquired another analog writing tool. Well, I ordered it anyway. Can’t wait to show you guys. I bought a late 40’s to early 50’s Royal Quiet Deluxe typewriter. I’ve been wanting a typewriter for a while now and finally had the funds to get one so I did. I don’t know how much I’ll use it versus longhand or computer but I’m definitely excited to see how it works.

Well, that’s about all I have for you guys. I, unfortunately, have to get on the road to work. I cannot wait for vacation starting Saturday!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Happy writing!


The Weekly Westin

Total Manuscript Word Count: 4,222

Hello guys and gals!

I hope you all have had a wonderful week. Mine’s been busy, busy, busy, as per the usual as of late. Hopefully that will change, as I am taking a staycation starting on the 29th of this month.

As you can see, I didn’t progress very well with my novel. As is the standard, there’s a reason for that.

I’ve kind of been at an impasse the past week or so. This has led to something relatively drastic. I’ve been torn on which perspective I want to tell this story from. It started out being told from first person perspective, that of my MC. I thought I wanted my readers to see the world from her eyes but the more I go on, the more I don’t think that allows them to see enough. This is, in theory at least, a complex world with a lot going on. I want to make sure I can show it in an effective, non-confusing manner.

That said, I made the choice just yesterday to switch to third-person omniscient. For better or for worse. I had to do it while I was only just over 4,000 words in. So, I’m about a quarter of the way through this transition right now. Hopefully, I’ll be done and ready to move on in the next day or so.

I’m still loving my story, more than I’ve ever loved one of mine. I just need to be able to tell it properly. I think I’ll be able to do just that. We’ll see, won’t we?

Thanks for taking the time to read and stay up to date on my progress. I hope all of you who are aspiring to write are doing amazingly.

See ya next week!


The Weekly Westin

Total Manuscript Word Count: 3973

Hey guys and gals! 

  I hope you all had a wonderful and productive week last week and that you’re having a good “extended” 4th of July weekend if you’re lucky enough not to be working, unlike me. 

  I wanted to give you guys a quick little update on my manuscript. 

  As you can see, I didn’t get too much done. I had a super crazy week with work and personal stuff and only managed to crank out a few words when I was able to actually sit down and think. I is write every day, just not much. That’s okay though, progress is progress. 

  I still love my story, which is a step in the right direction for me, seeing as I usually get discouraged or get a shiny new idea to work on. 

  Speaking of shiny new ideas, I made another big leap, if I may say so myself. I got another idea and was able to take a couple hours, thought dump it, and get back to my story. That’s been a huge struggle for me in the past. I get a new idea and I just have to work on it because, surely, it’s better than whatever I’m working on now. I’m happy to say that I’m in a place where I love my story enough to keep going despite having a cool new idea. 

  In Other News

  I have to admit, I’m ready to stop referring to my WIP by ‘WIP’ or anything else. I haven’t had a name for it to change that until now. 

  Tentatively, my novel will be called In the Grid. So, there’s that. Progress! 

That’s about all I have for you all today. I hope you all have an amazing and productive week. Have fun celebrating Independence Day and be safe. 

Happy writing!


The Daily Westin

Hey guys and gals!

It’s time for a quick update on my writing, or lack thereof.

I’ll be honest, I’m in a super weird place with my writing right now. If you keep up with my blog, you know that I decided a few weeks ago to go full analog in my writing. It was a huge leap considering I have always written on a computer, save for the times when I was in school.

I have kept this up and, for the most part, I plan to still. I outlined a full novel with nearly forty chapters, all in pencil and on a legal pad. I even began to write it in a Leuchttrum 1917.

During this time, I have also began to pursue multiple product reviews, from pencils and notebooks, to sharpeners and even pens. Needless to say, I have gotten in WAY over my head. I’ve gone down the proverbial rabbit hole. I’ve ordered more pencils than I know what to do with, I have literally six journals I need to review, and all of this is on top of my writing goals.

All of this sounds like a shit ton of excuses and, well, I am damn tired of making excuses.

I say I am in a weird place because I am simply not getting as much writing done as I want to and I don’t know what to do. Even when it comes to blogging, I am not getting anything done and I feel like I am not doing what I set out to do with that.

I also don’t know that I want to continue writing fully in longhand. It’s so time consuming and, sometimes, inconvenient. Writing digitally, I can use my laptop at home and my phone while I am away to do my writing. On the other hand, I love writing longhand but I am so worried about taking it to work and my journal/pencil getting messed up. I work a dirty job.

I am wondering if there is a happy medium. Perhaps I will try writing the outline longhand and writing the draft digitally.

I just don’t know. It sucks not knowing. I’m sorry I always seem to have negative updates, but this is how my mind seems to work.

Thanks for reading!


The Daily Westin 

Hey there!

  I just wanted to give you guys a quick update on where I am with my writing. 

  I finished the outline! Thirty-seven chapters as it sits now. To be honest, I think it could be more but who knows.

  It took me something like two or three weeks to do, but that’s because I mostly did it in the hour or so of peace I have before bed at night. I wasn’t very good at waking up early to write, something I have been doing better at this week. 

  I’ll admit, I took a couple days to step away from that story and work on thought dumping another one, which I’m quite excited about but let’s just say it’s a logistical nightmare. Just think ancient historical character meets time traveling (though he doesn’t know he’s time traveling) 21st century dude and history is on the line. Yeah. 

  So anyway, today I wrote the first paragraph of the first draft itself. As I’ve said before, I’m going to be writing this thing longhand for at least two drafts. So I began the writing in my Leuchttrum 1917 and I shall be writing much much more in the days to come. Thirty-Seven chapters is a lot of writing and I’ll probably need another notebook for it but I’ve got a while. 

  I’m excited! I plan on at least giving you guys weekly updates, though I’d like to do it more often, so I hope you’ll stick around! 

  Be sure to follow me on social media and on here to stay up to date! 

  Until next time, happy writing! 

Something Old, Something New

Hello! The meat of this blog is, you guessed it, on the papers below, but I first wanted to apologize, yet again, for not being around much. I have just been in one heck of a writing slump the past few weeks and I haven’t done much at all to remedy it. That’s hopefully about to change! Read on and if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions, PLEASE don’t be shy. I’m here to help!