MarilynAHepburn

Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! I’ve been a very bad Wattpad writer and reader these last couple weeks (my school had a two-week Winter Break). I had big plans to catch up on my reading and writing, but--nope. Instead, I caught up with the rest of my life.
          	
          	I’m not going to lie--it felt good.
          	
          	In my absence, I discovered my life needed more balance. Aside from my full-time job, writing, networking/interacting on Wattpad and sleeping (which were my focuses for most of 2018), I also need:
          	1. Exercise/Healthy eating
          	2. Dating
          	3. Spending more time with family and friends
          	4. Caring for my own physical/mental/spiritual well-being
          	5. Going back to school
          	6. Cleaning more!
          	7. …And other stuff
          	
          	In other words, I need to find a better balance between chasing my dreams (writing) and enjoying the life right in front of me. Because as I focus on some moment in the future that may or may not ever arrive (my dreams)--the “real” moments that have arrived are passing before my eyes. I need to slow down a bit and enjoy the life that’s right in front of me--because before I know it--all the stuff I've taken for granted will one day be gone.
          	
          	Bad Boy Programmer WILL be completed in 2019, but the updates may be a bit slower than before. Hopefully you understand. I do cherish all my readers who've journeyed with me so far on this project. In fact, I cherish y'all so much--I feel terribly guilty for reducing my time spent on Wattpad. I hope these slower updates aren't seen as a letdown. 
          	
          	May 2019 bring many blessings for all of us. I think it's going to be a great year. I look forward to spending a small part of that year with all of you in the coming months.
          	
          	Take care,
          	Marilyn
          	
          	PS: There could quite possibly be a side project coming soon--one where I share how well Amanda's online dating profile held up in the "real world." ;)

AngMerlo

And the emojis didn’t show up... *sigh*
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AngMerlo

You and I are in similar boats, though I just got out of the hospital on Monday. Hears to taking care of ourselves and keeping writing fun and balanced within our lives.  And to healthy eating.
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MarilynAHepburn

@Superbooger Gah! I might've cried a little at work when I read your message, Boog. But it was a good cry--a happy cry! And I love your metaphor! You are so amazing. Muah!
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MarilynAHepburn

Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! I’ve been a very bad Wattpad writer and reader these last couple weeks (my school had a two-week Winter Break). I had big plans to catch up on my reading and writing, but--nope. Instead, I caught up with the rest of my life.
          
          I’m not going to lie--it felt good.
          
          In my absence, I discovered my life needed more balance. Aside from my full-time job, writing, networking/interacting on Wattpad and sleeping (which were my focuses for most of 2018), I also need:
          1. Exercise/Healthy eating
          2. Dating
          3. Spending more time with family and friends
          4. Caring for my own physical/mental/spiritual well-being
          5. Going back to school
          6. Cleaning more!
          7. …And other stuff
          
          In other words, I need to find a better balance between chasing my dreams (writing) and enjoying the life right in front of me. Because as I focus on some moment in the future that may or may not ever arrive (my dreams)--the “real” moments that have arrived are passing before my eyes. I need to slow down a bit and enjoy the life that’s right in front of me--because before I know it--all the stuff I've taken for granted will one day be gone.
          
          Bad Boy Programmer WILL be completed in 2019, but the updates may be a bit slower than before. Hopefully you understand. I do cherish all my readers who've journeyed with me so far on this project. In fact, I cherish y'all so much--I feel terribly guilty for reducing my time spent on Wattpad. I hope these slower updates aren't seen as a letdown. 
          
          May 2019 bring many blessings for all of us. I think it's going to be a great year. I look forward to spending a small part of that year with all of you in the coming months.
          
          Take care,
          Marilyn
          
          PS: There could quite possibly be a side project coming soon--one where I share how well Amanda's online dating profile held up in the "real world." ;)

AngMerlo

And the emojis didn’t show up... *sigh*
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AngMerlo

You and I are in similar boats, though I just got out of the hospital on Monday. Hears to taking care of ourselves and keeping writing fun and balanced within our lives.  And to healthy eating.
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MarilynAHepburn

@Superbooger Gah! I might've cried a little at work when I read your message, Boog. But it was a good cry--a happy cry! And I love your metaphor! You are so amazing. Muah!
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MarilynAHepburn

THE BAD BOY COMPUTER PROGRAMMER AT WATTPAD's newest chapters--Ping (Part 1) and Ping (Part 2)--are now up! These two chapters were meant to be read together, so you get two this week. 
          
          We're very close to Amanda and Ian crossing paths again. I can't wait to bring their budding romance to life!
          
          Hope this message finds everyone happy and healthy!
          Marilyn

elveloy

I'll have to get back to the Bad Boy computer Programmer... I haven't been getting update reminders :(

MarilynAHepburn

@elveloy Oh, no worries. It'll still be here whenever you have a moment--or if you don't have any extra moments, that's okay too. :)
            
            Sometimes it can get sooooooo stressful trying to keep up with Wattpad, life, general adulting, etc. This weekend I'm giving Wattpad a break to straighten my condo. By the time I get back from a full-time job, network, respond to comments, read other people's stories, etc--there's literally no time left to write and clean my house. That's not good--or healthy! Life can be so darn hard to balance sometimes--and there's many weeks when I'm not very successful at it--hahaha. 
            
            I'll keep an eye out for your updates of new stories!
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LadySapphire2018

Thanks for adding The Seven Kingdoms to your reading list :)

LadySapphire2018

Yep. Well, the readers who found it did love it. So that's why I felt guilty about taking it down, but I feel that's fairer than having it stay unfinished forever lol.
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MarilynAHepburn

@LadySapphire2018 yeah... sometimes stories just don't grow the wings we had hoped for them. I've taken down a few stories myself. That's one of the nice things about Wattpad--you can test out story ideas before you get too invested in them to see how readers react.
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LadySapphire2018

I thought about Just Like Magic for a long time, but I hit writer's block on it and didn't want it to languish forever. The Seven Kingdoms and sequel is here to stay though. Yay on more free time.
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MarilynAHepburn

Happy Tuesday (well--it’s still Tuesday in Seattle)!
          
          A new chapter for THE BAD BOY COMPUTER PROGRAMMER AT WATTPAD has finally been uploaded! FINALLY! It’s quite possible Amanda and her friends are having a little too much fun in the supermarket this week. I’d recommend making yourself a pina colada before reading this chapter. 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/648036276-the-bad-boy-computer-programmer-at-wattpad 
          
          ***
          
          I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the lovely @Glory_Feeling2 (Pia) for @adultfiction ‘s author of the month feature! Pia took my answers to her questions and weaved them with her own splash of humor to create a fun read. If you’d like to know more about why I write and how my Watty winning story (Nurse McSexy) came to be, then check out this interview:
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/645994863-interviews-october-2018-interview-with-marilyn
          
          ***
          
          Also, if you’re interested in finding stories on @Wattpad with older, adult-aged characters--then be sure to follow @adultfiction (adult fiction means the characters are more mature, not necessarily sexy-time characters). Hahaha. 
          
          ***
          
          Have you had a conversation with Artificial Intelligence (AI)? I have--and it ended up being hilarious. Read my conversation with @Zo here:
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/story/165095431-the-pigs-took-a-bath
          
          ***
          
          That’s all for now, friends. I hope this message finds everyone happy, healthy and loved. Until next time!
          
          Muah!
          
          Marilyn

MarilynAHepburn

@Ellen_Reese Unfortunately--it seems to happen to me A LOT! Hahahaha
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Ellen_Reese

@MarilynAHepburn lol. It happens. ^^
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MarilynAHepburn

@EvelynHail Daaaawh. Thanks, Lady. Muah!
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EvelynHail

Hi, thank you for starting to read “The Prophecy of Water!” I am still editing some tidbits and trying to improve it but I hope you enjoy it :) 
          Take your time, I see you have a busy reading list!

MarilynAHepburn

This is my very first invasion of your notifications. Please don't hate me, or I might cry! I promise--messages from me won't happen often. :)
          
          THE BAD BOY COMPUTER PROGRAMMER AT WATTPAD is up to 2K views and it's sitting pretty on @Wattpad 's featured list: 'Millennials and Mayhem.' There's a wild and diverse set of characters in this story. Do give Sloth-- @barenakedsloth --a chance to grow on you. He, Aleem and Mona tend to wiggle their way onto the favorite characters list of readers. Meanwhile, TBBCPAW's main characters--Amanda & Ian--are busy making readers to root for a love connection. If you haven't already, I invite you to come fall all in love as Amanda and Ian struggle to fall in love. 
          
          The next chapter of TBBCPAW will be delayed due to an insanely desperate need to straighten up my s***hole: aka my condo. For those of you caught up with THE BAD BOY COMPUTER PROGRAMMER AT WATTPAD, you're aware of the disaster zone Amanda calls home in the story. Well--uh--so like--I might've just kind of described my own home and played it off as Amanda's. But--whatev'. The point is--now I need to write about Ian's incredibly clean and organized apartment--and I just can't do it in this CrazyTown. So--there's that. I'll get the next chapter uploaded as soon as I un-slumlord myself. :)
          
          For Sh!ts & Giggles (character profiles): @YoDaBestR2D2 @DataFett @GeriatricAt40 @FadedMomJeans @SexyInSpanxxx @WattMouth @BareNakedSloth
          
          A huge congrats to everyone who made the 2018 @TheWattys Short List! I know I saw @lhansenauthor @shelleyburbank @paulapdx on there! Forgive me if I missed anyone. 
          
          Okay--I'm done. Need to dust off my bottles of cleaning solution and scrub brushes so I can get started on a weekend of Cinderella'ing. May this message find everyone happy, healthy and hopeful. 
          
          Muah!
          Marilyn

MarilynAHepburn

@shalonsims Hahaha! I JUST responded to your message on the forum! 
            As you can see from my post (housecleaning issues), I totally understand the struggles regarding trying to find time for EVERYTHING! Finding balance is not as easy as one might think. I'm always off balance in at least one area of my life it seems. :)
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shalonsims

Okay, maybe the notification system doesn't suck as much as I think it does because I wouldn't have seen this if I hadn't gotten the notification...
            
            I'm super happy for you that your latest book has been featured and is doing so well. It deserves it! I love it -- so funny and well written. I promise I am gonna dive back in as soon as I finish Lina's last book, which I MUST finish because I have been so terrible at finishing her previous books.
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MarilynAHepburn

@lhansenauthor Daaawh. Thanks, Lina. 
            
            @RainerSalt Hahaha! I should just change Amanda's name to Marilyn. And THANK YOU for a funniest book shout out! For someone like me (who desperately attempts humor), that's the best compliment--EVER! 
            
            @light-in-darkness <3
            
            @paulapdx I'm having soooo much fun with this story. I get to be silly, rant about all the things irritating me irl (since me and Amanda are pretty much the same), share my ideas for the future of Wattpad, etc. It's been great! 
            
            @elveloy Thank you, Vera!!!
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ShelleyBurbank

Congratulations on being featured! Whoot! And good luck with the new school year. Always an exciting time. That sharpened pencil smell in the air, lol.

marjoryk

Fantastic news! I just saw that The Bad Boy is now featured under "Millennials & Mayhem." Time to welcome more readers to the Comments Bar & Grill. Congratulations!!!

MarilynAHepburn

@marjoryk @RainerSalt I forgot about Aleem. Didn't have a specific age in mind--just know Aleem is 30+. So we can make Aleem a Millennial too.
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RainerSalt

@MarilynAHepburn Oh wow, congratulations! And yes, Sloth and Mouth are mayhem.
            
            Isn’t Aleem a millennial? And she/he/it is definitely mayhem, too.
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MarilynAHepburn

@marjoryk Right? I'm not going to lie--Mouth owned the current chapter that's posted and Sloth owns the one I'm writing--but the rest of the story belongs mostly to Ian and Amanda. :)
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