The Reunion

an I/R monthly from Sylvia Hubbard

Author’s Note 5

Author’s note: 

We are now getting down to the nitty gritty of the story. Usually when all the crap hits the fans and you’re looking at one ugly mess I have to clean up.


To all the old fans, they know what I might do, but you newbies to my work are a little wet behind the ears.


If you’re familiar with my work, when we get to Chapter 40, I’m wrapping up. Since I was twenty-nine, I’ve always tried to devote about four to five pages to a chapter. (Although we don’t count Stone’s Revenge and that fifteen page rape scene in Stealing Innocence, LOL.) By Chapter 40, I’m usually hitting my designated word count of 75,000 and I’ve spit out all that I creatively spit and now all that’s left to do is wrap it up and decide if I want a happy ending with what’s best or a happy ending with what’s to come.


I hate open ending stories, so everything should be wrapped up by then:


Right now for the Reunion, I’ve got to:


  • Decide how I’ll announce Grae’s pregnancy
  • Work out the LW storyline (which you’re not even close on your guesses about)
  • Decide if Prince will beat the shit out of Ezekiel
  • Decide if Ezekiel will really hurt Grae
  • Find Grae’s father
  • Figure out what the hell is up with Rachel
  • Decide if I’ll give you even a hint of Prince’s fiancée
  • Kick Liz’s butt on just because you messed with my life principles
  • Bring Ezekiel and Gus back together somehow without punking either one of them out
  • Bring Ezekiel and Grae back together after Ezekiel rips her to pieces, if he does, because I haven’t figured out if he is going to hurt her or not.


I think that’s it? If not, please let me know what I missed.

 READER’S QUESTIONS:  Hey, you’re the writer; you should know what’s going to happen.  

Well, I should, but I’m typing the story eight hours to an hour short of posting it online. When I say you’re reading it live and hot, I really mean it. You are reading right from my imagination.

 READER QUESTIONS:  Well how do you keep up with the story if you’re just making it up? Don’t’ you keep post it notes? Or something? Don’t’ you have an outline of what’s to come or something? 

No! Never have and probably never will until I get old and complicated. I just go in my brain and pull out where I left off from. It’s like watching a movie, pressing pause and just playing it when I get ready to write. Sometimes the pause button doesn’t work and sometimes I even get a treat and can fast forward to other scenes I need to put in the story. That’s always fun and exciting, but each live story is just what it means. It’s live and it’s off the top of my head. No games, no tricks and no foolery. I work well under pressure.


READER QUESTIONS: How do I make you post faster?


That’s easy. Comment often and pay attention to what I write. Challenge me by telling me what you actually think of the story and what you think might happen and then most importantly, get others to join in and read with you. Once I had a whole office staff reading the story. Bookclubs can join in and so forth. The more hits I get on the counter the more I love to post. Over 500 hits gets me to post at least two to three a day and over a 1000 may get me to write even faster.  This story gets a minimum of 400 to 1500 a day. (People came back a lot on the love scenes)


READERS QUESTIONS: When is the next live read so I can help organize more readers to come?


My brain usually needs about thirty days of rest and relaxation and then it starts to churn. I give it about two months of rest before I start up again. Since I’ve been doing this (early Feb of 2005) I’ve managed to pump out three stories (really four but I refuse to count Dark Façade because it was never completed). That’s pretty good for an author in one year, plus I didn’t count Dreams of Reality and then the other books I work on offline. In all in 2006, I’ve completed about six books. (doing the happy dance) and three short stories (Sweet Justice is going in an anthology by Nobia Bryant, but I’m not even sure when that’s due out. I’ll keep you posted.) To answer the question, I’m going to say, Jan 2007. Probably the first week. Matter of fact, let me check my calendar…. (actually looking at calendar). We’ll say January 1st, 2007 on a Monday by 10am; I’ll be posting a new story. I’ll have a sign up board where people can sign up and be notified of the new story in advance and get updates and so forth once we begin. If you’ve already signed up for a story update, you’ll be on the list.


READERS QUESTIONS: Do you have an idea for your next story?


It’s in my head. (So is a lot of other stories) I was going to start on Onyx Heart story, but then I said I had too much to introduce and she’s a piece of work. But I want to bring back her nemesis, Blaque Heart real bad because my brain’s been churning the two of them going at each other. Finding a man for Onyx is going to be difficult because who wants to put up with a woman who can kick their ass? LOL. I know already it’s going to be an I/R, but I won’t divulge anything else my brain is saying. (And no bribing of any kind will work.) Like I said that’s still on the poker, but I might do a stand-alone story that I’ve been researching on Flex-fuel technology and romance. That’s gonna be weird because the male protagonist is really real. He’s this office eye candy where I work and he looks… just let me tell you, the man pulls tree stumps all day for the City of Detroit and you just won’t believe how well built he looks going on fifty. In any case, that’s the story line and in December I might do the contest again to come up with the title name. That was fun when we did Teach Me To Love.

  Just in case you wanted to know. I’ll be posting soon. Your Author,  Sylvia Hubbard


October 31, 2006 Posted by | Author's Note | 7 Comments