Supernatural: Soulless – Chapter One

Supernatural: Soulless – Chapter One

Welcome to Fan Fiction Tuesday. Every Tuesday I will share the next part to a fan fiction story I am writing. 

They had been in the car for hours, but this was nothing new. Dean enjoyed the peace of the open road; being in ‘Baby’ was home. Something felt strange about this case, and Dean didn’t like it. A text came in on one of Bobby’s old phones, nothing but a city and state, Carson, Iowa.

Sam ran a search and found a series of deaths in the small town, each eerily similar. Based on description, Sam and Dean suspected a nest of Vampires, but why would a hunter request their help if it were so simple? Sam tried to trace the phone number of the text, but it had come from a burner phone. For all they knew, they could be walking into a trap.

“Where is this place again?” Dean asked, turning down the radio.

“We should be about an hour out.” Sam replied, pointing to the town on the map.

“I don’t like this.” Dean admitted. “Something just feels off about the whole thing. It’s too easy.”

“We know the text probably came from another hunter. Why else would someone text Bobby?”

“Or maybe a hunter got ganked and the vamps used his phone to get us here.”

Sam sighed and ran his hand through his hair. “I don’t think that’s it, but there’s only one way to find out.” He replied.

“Yeah, that’s the problem.”

The Impala pulled into the small motel in town and Sam and Dean checked into their room that looked like it had not been updated since the Sixties.

“We can grab a bite first, or do you.” Sam started.

“Let’s just get started.” Dean said, cutting Sam off.

The two donned this suits and grabbed their FBI badges and made way to the small Sherriff’s office. The jail literally had three cells and two officers.

“Good Afternoon, gentlemen.” The Sherriff stood from behind his desk. “What can I do for you?”

“Good Afternoon.” Said Dean. “I’m Agent Dobbs, this is my partner, Agent Harris. We’re here investigating a series of murders.”

“Murders? No.” The Sheriff corrected. “What we have is a wolf or something big roaming the town at night.”

“A wolf?” Asked Sam. “What makes you say that?”

The Sherriff walked over to a file cabinet and laid pictures of the deceased on his desk for Sam and Dean to see.

“The throats have all been ripped out, you see?” The Sherriff pointed to the bloody necks. “A person couldn’t do that. We have assembled a group of townfolk to help track down the beast to make the town safe again.”

“All do respect.” Sam interjected. “These deaths have the same markings as others we have been following. Could we see the bodies and have a look ourselves?”

“Be my guest, but you’re not going to find anything.”

After visiting the morgue Sam and Dean had all the information they needed to confirm the deaths were definitely vampire related. All there was to do now was to find the nest and take care of business. Sam and Dean headed to the diner.

“Aren’t you boys dressed mighty nice?” Asked a busty brunette with a sweet smile.

“FBI.” Dean replied with a twinkle in his eye. “Suit is part of the job.”

“Lucky suit.” The waitress replied with a wink.

The boys sat down at a table for two and looked over the menus.

“Now, I will tell you. No matter what you order, you better leave room for dessert, because we have the best pie in all the mid-west.”

“Well I never could turn down a good piece of pie.” Dean laughed.

After the boys dined and the waitress brought the check, Sam noticed something written on the back.

Barn on Colfer road. ~Mickey

            Dean looked around, for anyone who appeared to be a hunter, but there was no one. Most of the guests were older or overweight.

“I guess we better check it out.”

The boys made a quick run back to the hotel to change. If they could get to the barn before the sunset, it would make the fight much easier by keeping the vampires contained.

The entire thing was entirely too easy. When Sam and Dean arrived at the barn, it was not a nest of vampires at all; it was two new vampires who had not learned yet to control themselves. Sam and Dean were in and out in five minutes.

“This doesn’t make any sense.” Dean said chucking his bloody machete into Baby’s trunk. “Why would a hunter call us in to help with that? It was like shooting fish in a barrel. Anyone could have solved this.”

“Maybe the waitress knows who this ‘Mickey’ is.” Sam suggested.

“Well I can go for another piece of that pie, but if she doesn’t know anything, we’re out of this town. Something isn’t right.”

As the waitress set down the two slices of pie, Sam pulled bill from his pocket and slid her direction.

“I’m sorry, I don’t want to bother you. We were hoping you might be able to tell us who is ‘Mickey’?”

“Good, I’m glad you saw the message.” The waitress whispered and leaned in close to the table. “You took care of the vamps, right?”

“Excuse me?” Dean asked, puzzled. “Oh, please. FBI doesn’t come around here to investigate some murders. You’re Sam and Dean Winchester, right?”

“Now, how did you?”

“Look, I get off shift at the end of the hour. I can meet you at the motel after then and we can talk. Alright?”

Sam and Dean looked at one another. There were certainly questions to be answered, but for now, that would have to wait. Sam and Dean finished dessert and made their way back across the street to the motel.

“What do you think?” Sam asked as they walked into the room.

“Sister, daughter maybe, of someone who got killed. Still doesn’t explain what this has to do with us.”

Sam passed Dean and Beer from the mini fridge and they waited and drank. Sure enough, at five past the waitress appeared at their door.

“Look, I don’t know what you think you know.” Dean began.

“I brought a fresh pie. You can take it with you tomorrow.” She replied placing the pie in Dean’s hands and sliding past him into the room.

“Wait a minute, why don’t we start with who you are first.” Sam said.

“Mickey.” The waitress laughed and rolled her eyes. The boys stared at her like she had three eyes. So Mickey leaned forwards so her nametag could be read ‘M’Ky’. “My name is actually McKayla, Mickey is just a nickname.” The waitress said with a smile and helped herself to the rest of Dean’s beer.

“Okay.” Dean said with a drawn out pause. “So, Mickey, if you knew there were vampires and where they were, why didn’t you take them out yourself?”

McKayla laughed. “Wow, no.” She said with a shake of her head. “I am NOT a hunter, like at all.”

Sam and Dean looked at McKayla, the uncomfortable silence made her squirm in the chair.

“I needed you to come into town. I caught wind of a case and I hoped if I sent it your way, you would come.” Mickey admitted.

“But that still doesn’t explain why. If you’re not a hunter, then how do you know us and why do you need us?”

McKayla stood from the chair and ran her hands across her face nervously.

“This is not coming across how I thought it would at all. Now you guys just think I’m some weird hunter groupie and.”

“Wait, is that a thing?” Dean asked half-seriously.

“Let me try to be as clear as possible.” McKayla said with a wave of her hand. “My name is McKayla Greenspan; my father was Sean Greenspan, he was a hunter. My father partnered with your father on several jobs. I know most people in the hunter community; that is why I had Bobby’s number. Of course, with Bobby being dead. I was not sure which phone of his you had and which one’s went to Garth and so it took me a few tries to even reach you.”

McKayla looked to Sam and Dean, they both were listening intently.

“A while back, before your father died, he had told my Dad that if he couldn’t be reached, to contact Dean. We heard later on after he died that Sam and Dean could solve almost any case. My Dad told me that if shit ever hit the fan, to get in touch with you boys right away. Well, shit has hit the fan.”

Sam leaned in toward McKayla. “Okay, and we might be able to help. You need to tell us what happened.”

            “My father was killed by Hell Hounds, and I think I’m next.”

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The Evolving Storyline

What do you do when you set out to write a story and suddenly it is no longer the story you set out to write?

The evolving story, as I like to call it, happens to me quite frequently. When I wrote my story “The 50 Deaths of Annabelle Joy” there was clearly my heroine plagued by the affections of the villainous Grim Reaper. I knew she would hate him the entire time, be repulsed by his affection for her, and fight to get away from him every day of her life. My original plan had Annabelle growing up, marrying, and giving birth to a daughter. As Annabelle’s daughter grew up, Death would begin to shift his interest from Annabelle to her daughter. When Annabelle learns Death intends to release her and to begin courting her daughter, Annabelle would agree to become his bride. That WAS my plan, but after I started writing it, the story evolved into something entirely different.

I am the author who becomes more acquainted with my characters as I write my story, I let my characters tell me the story and I write it. My last post I talked about character interviews, getting to know you character as the/she grows during the story. The interview was especially important in my book referenced above. As I wrote and interviewed my antagonist, I began to see the story from his perspective and that he was not, in fact, a ‘bad guy’ but a victim of circumstance.

The evolution of a story is not always as dramatic as it had been in my case, it could be something small like an unexpected ally or perhaps a game changer of finding someone else is the true villain. Allowing for evolution is partly why I do not attempt to outline my entire book, because I know the plan will likely change. As I write I find favorite characters die, while some deaths turn out to be only a near-death. I’ve had bad guys soften their hearts to become a hero and I have had strong alliances turn out to be a front, none of which I planned from the beginning.

People have asked me, ‘How did you not know your character would do that? You’re writing the story.’ Yes, I am writing the story, but I write what I see as I see it. 

All I would like to say is you should not plan your book so stringently you do not allow for things to change. We have a vision for our books as we set out to write them, but sometimes what comes from the evolution is so much better than anything we could have planned.

Failed plans should not be interpreted as a failed vision. Visions don’t change, they are only refined. Plans rarely stay the same, and are scrapped or adjusted as needed. Be stubborn about the vision, but flexible with your plan. John C. Maxwell

I would love to hear of a time from you when you wrote a story that turned out differently from what you had planned.

Getting to know all about “You”

When I sit down to begin a novel I am writing, I often feel as though I truly know my hero/heroine inside and out; the truth is, there is often more to know. Different people have their own tips and techniques they use for character development, but aside from day dreaming of events that will never be written, I like to interview my character.

The interview is best used for main and supporting characters, but it can also be useful for any character you may feel as though is not shining through in your work. Part of the benefits participants in the NaNoWriMo competition is access to blogs, chats, and tips from other successful writers. My favorite help guide shared by the Nano community is this Character Questionnaire.

In my experience, I find going into as much detail as possible is best. One of the best benefits, my opinion, of the interview is when you find yourself suffering from Writer’s Block. I understand this technique is not always applicable, but imagine you have your hero and your “villain” stuck in a situation in which they must work together, but you see know way for it to happen. Looking back at the interviews, perhaps at a favorite memory, you may notice something that could bring your characters closer together, if only for a scene or two.

I have a character in my story (Elixia) who has a short temper with my MC, and while he is meant to be the love interest, it took interviewing for me to understand why his temper had become short. For me, my characters are as real as anyone walking down the street, so I often imagine interviews with my characters. What I learned about my character was he had a wife once and his wife was led away in her sleep and murdered before him. My character if afraid of loving someone else because he fears losing her, being unable to protect her, and also he was afraid of being unloyal to the memory of his wife.

You see where I listed the three reasons my character had a short temper, in a questionnaire, I could leave it with those answers. The point of an interview is to dig deep. So now I would try to answer the questions “Why do you think you will lose her”, “How do you think you would respond if you did lose her? “Why do you feel you must protect her?” “From what do you think she must be protected?” “Why do you think loving someone else would make you unloyal to your deceased wife” etc… I can continue to find question after question, and the more specific my questions become, the more I can understand how my character has become that way and what my MC can do to turn him around. This interview can also provide me with dialogue if I feel I need more to say.

There is one more thing I want to share about interviews and your story. In any good story the main character evolves along the way, so my suggestion would be to re-interview throughout the story. A questionnaire is a great starting point, because it can show you who all of your characters are, but the interview will help you to truly know them.



Camp NaNoWriMo is currently running during the month of April, but another will start in July. If you want to practice setting a writing goal and writing each day, NaNos can help keep you accountable and reach other writers.

Thoughts or opinions? Share below, let’s discuss!


Getting the Ball Rolling Again

I do apologize for being MIA since the holidays. The truth is, I’ve written very little. I did work on refining my book from NaNoWriMo and I actually went for it and had it published. It is imperfect, but I’m okay with that. The mistakes are mine. I whole-heartedly love the story I came up with and if people want to criticize the occasional missed letter or duplicate word, then that is their prerogative. If someone is looking for a new story to enjoy, then mine could be a fine addition to their bookshelf.

I’ve been dealing with a lack of drive lately. I think in part it is due to my pregnancy, I find that most days I barely have the energy to move around the house. The rest, I’m not sure. I’ve always been able to visualize my story, hear my characters’ conversations before I write them, but for a while there was nothing. I would try to imagine a scene, and I wouldn’t be able to do it. My story that I’m currently working on is very important to me, and I have been writing it for years. In February, I finally found the perfect way to write my opening chapters. Chapter 1 and 2 I had no problem with, but 3 was when I lost my vision. I am happy to say that it has finally begun coming back. I see where the characters are meant to go.

I’m not participating in camp NaNoWriMo, although, I wish I would have made that commitment. I did however come up with a new concept for a story. I had a very vivid dream a couple weeks ago, and I knew this would be a new story for me. It is different then what I’ve written in the past, but it will still be centered around a female heroine. I’m excited about where this story could go. Writing a story off a dream isn’t always easy, as I’m sure you’re aware, the moment you wake up you forget much of what you dreamt. The story is full of plot holes and things that were never explained, but I’ve been able to begin developing a story around anyways.

I hope you’ll follow me once again as I continue my journey to becoming a great writer.


For those who are interested, my book is available here:

If you would be so kind to leave a review of my work, I would be happy to do the same in turn for you.


– Christina

Post NaNoWriMo – Time to publish?

Hey all,

I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving.

For those of you who were competing in NaNoWriMo 2013, congratulations! According to the email I received there was well over 300,000 participants this year and a mere ~41,000 crossed the 50,000 word finish line. I am congratulating not only the victors, but the participants as well. I think just committing to writing in any fashion is something that you should be proud of. Of course, it is not my opinion that matters, but I’m sure even just doing a little bit of writing reminded you why you like to write in the first place, and I think that is important.

I am personally excited about my NaNo prizes that I will have access to on the 5th. What I’m looking forward to the most is holding one of the two paperback copies of my book that I will receive. I think I’ll even buy a shadow box for it and mount it on my wall, THAT is how proud of myself I am.

I just finished the rough edit of my book. I was surprised that I was actually very happy with how it turned out, storyline-wise. I wrote it intentionally to only be a 50,000 word story and so I thought it flowed quite nicely. So far, those who have read it for me have shared my sentiments… for that reason I did not go back and re-write. I plan to actually start searching for a literary agent with the story as I have it now, and I hope that it will eventually lead me to a publishing deal. I have considered self-publishing… there are many great offers that come with participating in NaNoWriMo… however because I am such a new author, I believe that I would rather have a strong publishing house behind me to promote my book then to attempt to do it myself. 

I didn’t get a cover design for my book, and I’m a little sad about that. I did create one for myself on powerpoint using pictures I got off of Google. I thought the cover looked nice, but according to my Mom it comes off as more “creepy” than romantic. I attempted to create a romantic cover, but layering people in a way they were not originally intended just does not look good. My only other alternative was to rent a Grim Reaper costume and find a beautiful couple to take a picture of for the cover… I must just suck it up and pay the $150 for a professional cover, but we shall see.

Did anyone else compete in NaNoWriMo? How did your journey go?


Today I finished my NaNoWriMo book at 51,227 words.

First and foremost, I want to thank my husband for his support and understanding. I quit my full time job back in December so I could focus more on my writing and he had supported me this entire time. Every time I was feeling un-motivated, he was always there to give me the push I needed. Thank you Will for your love and support!

NaNoWriMo still has 9 days left… What will I be doing?
I will be using this time to review my work and making revisions, edits, and corrections. There are many great publishing opportunities to the winners of NaNo and I want to be certain that my work is at its best.

What did I enjoy most about NaNoWrimo 2013?
This was my first Nano. I hit the ground running at midnight on November 1st. I most enjoyed updating my word count each. I found it really helpful to know the pace at which I was writing and my expected date of completion based on that pace.

What would I do differently if I had a chance to go back?
I would definitely plan more. I had more of an outline than some fellow competitors I met, but I also suffered tremendous plot changes. In the future I would prefer to have a better layout of the story before beginning.

What was most surprising about my NaNoWriMo experience?
I was most surprised by what I was able to accomplish in such a short timeframe. Competition really gets me going, I was impressed by myself every step of the way.

Would I recommend NaNoWriMo?
I have been recommending NaNo left and right since I began. It has been and amazing experience for me and I think anyone who has even the slightest interest in writing should give it a shot.


If anyone would like to review my rough draft, it can be found here:

5 Chapters in 3 days…

What is the most you have ever written in a day? How about two? Three?

I have written about 13,000 over the past 3 days. My mind is blown! I don’t say that to brag, I say that because personally… I didn’t know I was capable of something like that. This is what has impressed me the most about my participation in NaNoWriMo. I have been setting the bar too low for myself, and it is going to stop.

Before NaNo, I was proud of myself just for writing over 1,000 words in 2 to about 2.5 hours. I thought I was doing well, it made it easy for me to determine a rough estimate of my completion dates, and I was happy. Since I began NaNo, I consistently write about 2,500 words in under 2 hours. Over the past 2 days, I gave myself 2 separate writing spurts to account for 5,000 words a day.

What has attributed to my sudden ability to write more in the same amount of time? I believe that I am capable of producing more now because of NaNoWriMo’s tight deadline. I have known from the very beginning that my book was due at midnight on November 30th, so I planned accordingly. I wanted to give myself some buffer time and also a chance to edit before the deadline, so my goal became one 2,500 word chapter per day. I thought that I would have to set aside time to write twice per day to achieve this goal, but I was so amped for the challenge that it wasn’t necessary.

My recommendation to you is that if you find yourself not producing as much work as you would like, raise your bar! It’s so easy to keep pushing back the due date, but take a chance, challenge yourself and push up your due date. Sometimes we need a little fire to kick everything back into gear. Make it fun, too. I think for my next book, I’ll set my deadline and I’ll bet a nice dinner (paid for or cooked by me) to my husband if I don’t achieve my goal. 

Today I am just on a high from what I’ve accomplished. I have literally been dancing around my house in celebration. Tomorrow I write the final chapter of my book, and you will hear me shout that I’ve won NaNoWriMo 2013.

Take care everyone, I’m off to go blow everyone’s mind in class with my presentation now.