My Wattpad Stories: Perfect Curves & Loving Gunner

wattpad chick lit romance novel If you enjoy reading you may have heard of a website called Wattpad. It gives writers, both amateurs and experienced, an opportunity to share their stories. It also gives readers a place to read thousands of stories for free.

Recently I decided I wanted to start taking my writing more seriously again, and Wattpad seemed like a good first step. I began publishing a few stories to try to get feedback on my writing.

My most recent story, Perfect Curves (currently #90 in chick lit), is about a plus-size woman named Penelope that is trying to get fit. There happens to be a hunky trainer named Reed that would like to help her with her needs in and out of the gym.

My first story is called Loving Gunner. Gunner and Olivia were childhood best friends. Oliva has always loved Gunner, but she never loving gunner, wattpad, romance, romance novel, chick lit, book worm thought he felt the same. When Olivia went away to college they drifted apart. Now she is back and
Gunner is determined to win her over. The only problem is she is currently taken.

Both books are interracial romances. I’m enjoying getting into the habit of writing on a regular basis. It’s hard to put yourself out there for others, but I suppose it is a necessary step. So far I have gotten a lot of positive feedback on Perfect Curves.  I hope to keep the momentum up.

Feel free to stop by and see what you think of my stories so far! If you enjoy you can vote, comment, and follow!

https://www.wattpad.com/user/laneeslane

 

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My Deep Conditioning Routine

Hello, Hello!

Long time no talk! I’m sorry it has been so long since my last post, but never fear… I’m back. I’m getting my life, and I’m getting organized! We recently just moved and have been packing, driving, and unpacking for what seems like FOREVER. I have however been working on making some videos. My most recent was a video of my deep conditioning routine. I’m going to link that video to this post if you want to check it out! Tomorrow I am going to have a brand new post for you guys bout a makeup product that I have been obsessed with! So until tomorrow, I hope you enjoy my latest video!

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Ashley Stewart Girls Night Out Event

Hey, Hey!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Valentine’s Day! I wanted to do a quick post about the Ashley Stewart Girls Night Out event I attended last night. I’m rather new to this area, and it seemed like the perfect way to get out and do something fun. The event was hosted by Aniah Denise and there was a special guest speaker Rebecca Lynn. Rebecca Lynn is a matchmaker, and gave advice about dating and being ready and open to finding a sound relationship.

In between the speaker and the Q & A sessions, where Rebecca Lynn answered any questions the ladies had, there were models that worked the room in outfits they put together from the clothing at Ashley Stewart. It gave a nice look into different ways to pair different items, which I thought was fun. There was also a guest appearance from Jessica Ammons from the reality show Big Women, Big Love.

Aniah Denise, Rebecca Lynn, and Jessica Ammons speaking at the Ashley Stewart Girls Night Out Event.
Aniah Denise, Rebecca Lynn, and Jessica Ammons speaking at the Ashley Stewart Girls Night Out Event.

In addition to the speakers and discussion, they had refreshments and prizes. I happened to win a big thing of e.l.f. nail polish. Anyone that knows me knows that my love for nail polish is real, so I was pretty excited to win!

e.l.f. nail polish

This is one of the reasons why I’m happy I moved to a bigger city, there are more opportunities for events like this. I thought the event was a nice low-key way to spend a Friday evening.

Lanee’

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#TBT: Valentine’s Day on a Budget

I was looking at old pictures on my computer and I ran across some photos of my fiancé’ and my first Valentine’s Day together. We were broke college students, and although we didn’t have a lot of money, we both wanted to have a special first Valentine’s Day together.

Besides being on a budget, restaurants are notorious for being crazy busy on Valentine’s Day. So, we created our own romantic dinner at home.

Candle lit dinner

My fiancé’, who at the time was my boyfriend, put a white cloth on the table. He found candle holders and candles at the dollar tree. He then made a homemade steak dinner and we had sparkling cider to drink.

Heart Valentine's Day Cake

I got a silicone heart shaped mold from the dollar tree, and made a cake that said “BE MINE”.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about all the gifts you get. It should be more about spending time together and showing each other love.

Some other things you can do to celebrate on a budget are:

  • Make a card– whether you hand craft it or make a personalized picture collage card from a photo lab, personalized cards are beautiful.
  • Binge watch Netflix- Watching your favorite Netflix show together gives you the chance to relax and enjoy each other’s company.
  • Have a drink- Some people like wine, I like sparkling apple cider. Regardless of what you enjoy toast to you and your relationship.
  • A small token- One year we had agreed that we weren’t going to do anything for Valentine’s Day. When I got off of work that evening there was a copy of the new Justin Timberlake C.D. in my car. It was a small, sweet gesture because he knows I love JT.
  • Give each other a massage- Everyone loves a good massage right? You can buy massage oils from places like Bath & Body Works, or you can even use natural oils like sweet almond oil or jojoba oil. It can be a relaxing time to talk and relieve stress and your skin will come out feeling soft and moisturized. That’s a double win!
  • Dress up- Remember, just because you may not be going out doesn’t mean that you can’t get dolled up for each other!

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, whether you spend it with your significant other, friends, family, or yourself!

Lanee’

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So, You Want to Move

Hey Ladies and Gents!

“You should never quit a job without a new one.” Have you ever heard this before? I know I have many times, and it is something I have always lived by…until recently. If you have read my about me section then you may know that I just recently made a move from the midwest to the south. I quit my job of almost three years and moved. I was really unhappy, and this was a complete leap of faith that I needed. So, I thought I would give you some of my thoughts and advice about making a big move.

  1. Save– My first tip would be to save. When you are moving to a new state it is expensive. You have to think about the cost of a moving truck, whether you drive the truck yourself like we did or if you hire a moving company. Then you have to think about the cost of living like rent, food, gas, and monthly bills. If you are like me, who did not have a job immediately going into it, then your savings is very important. You can never save too much when moving, even if you have a job lined up.
  2. Apply for jobs early- So this kind of goes with saving money, but making sure you apply before you get there. When I was getting ready to move I did a lot of research about the job market where i was going. I would suggest doing research and going ahead and applying for positions.You may be worried about not being local for interviews, but don’t worry about that. Just apply. Sometimes it takes a long time for companies to get back to you about positions. So if you wait until you get there to get serious about looking for a job, you maybe jobless for a while.
  3. Be humble-  You may not get your dream job right away. Part of the move is about being fearless and trying new things. If you have to take an odd job while you wait for something more your speed then do that. The great thing is you will get to interact with people in a place where you may not know anyone. You will also be getting out and experiencing the people of the city.
  4. Stay positive- I myself have struggled with this in my move. Like i said, sometimes it takes time to find a job, you may miss your family, you may even start to miss your hometown. It can be hard to adjust to new things, but try to remember why you moved. Life is too short to not explore and live. Try to enjoy the newness of your new city or town. Remember that this doesn’t have to be your permanent home, you can move again to another new place if your current place isn’t what you want.

You only have one life to live so don’t be afraid to live it. Sometimes you have to step outside of your comfort zone and just live.  Since my own personal move I have been inspired to truly follow some of my dreams. I probably wouldn’t have started and really pursued my blog if I hadn’t moved. I also wouldn’t be taking my book writing as seriously.  Bottom line, don’t be afraid to actually live, dream, and live your dream.

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Randomness

I have a lot of thoughts and things I’ve been thinking to write about. I was having a hard time trying to narrow down what I wanted to focus on, but I knew I wanted to write something. Right now writing is one of the only things I have so I’m trying to do it frequently.

So I’ve been in this new city for about a month, and I still have not been able to find a job.  I’m struggling with this a great deal because I NEVER go without employment. This move was a complete leap of faith. I knew that I would be starting over. I knew that I would have to find a new job, which I am not sad about. I was so motivated and hopeful for my future. I still am hopeful, I’m just trying to stay encouraged as I apply for jobs.

In the mean time I am trying to write a book. It is one of the most frightening things I’ve ever attempted. In my mind when I am reading books I think “I can definitely do this”. Then when I start to write I begin to second guess every word I type. I am trying to work on just letting the words flow, and then worrying about editing and changing things later. The thought of putting myself out there for criticism is a little scary too. However, after doing some journalism work I know that it is all apart of putting yourself and your work out there.

Basically I am trying to stop just being and really start living. I am not ready to let my dreams go. I see so many successful people that are happy following their dreams, and I just want to do the same.

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Changes

I’ve written many things and started several blogs. In fact I started this blog back in 2011. I just never actually posted anything to it. I was surprised when I went to create an account and it informed me that I already had one. I was then impressed by my ability to remember all the information to get into it. Now that I’m here I plan on using this on a much more consistent basis. I won’t let years go by before I write another post.

What brought me back here is what gave me the idea for the first post title. Changes. I have endured a lot of changes recently. I got engaged, I quit my job, and I moved about 500 miles away from home. Those aren’t just changes, those are big changes. I was very much scared to quit my job without another prospect lined up, but sometimes things are out of your control. I mean I wanted to move, but circumstances kind of sped up the process. My fiance and I have had one heck of a year leading up to this. So this was a new start for us. A chance for us to branch out and try to really live life. Where I’m from there isn’t a lot of opportunity. That is how I got 500 miles away from home, and back to this blog. I figured with a new fresh start that I am going to really pursue my passion. My passion has been writing since before I was even in high school. I studied Journalism in college, and although I have yet to land a job in the field, I have interned and freelanced. For a while I forgot what my passion really was, had given up on it really. Now that we are starting over and fresh I am going to try and make my own opportunity. This blog is the beginning. I plan on writing about a lot of different things. I will write about make-up,nails, wedding planning, books, and my new city and experiences. I hope to keep the content interesting, informative, and real.

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