ReneeShantel

I’ve had a handful of people ask, so I figured I would clarify my status re: the Australian bushfires. 
          	
          	I live in Sydney, not far out from the city itself, so the actual fires are nowhere near touching me. I believe the closest of them is at least an hour away, so a relatively safe distance. 
          	
          	The worst we’re getting here is the smoke that engulfs the city every other day. I used to see photos like this online, usually in places like Tokyo, where the air was so thick that you couldn’t safely leave the house without a mask — and I never expected to see my own city in the same state, but it is exactly like that. 
          	
          	So yes, I am safe, but most definitely not unaffected. 
          	
          	If anybody would like to help, please consider looking up and donating to NSW Rural Fire Service or WIRES (who rescue and rehabilitate injured wildlife). 

ReneeShantel

I’ve had a handful of people ask, so I figured I would clarify my status re: the Australian bushfires. 
          
          I live in Sydney, not far out from the city itself, so the actual fires are nowhere near touching me. I believe the closest of them is at least an hour away, so a relatively safe distance. 
          
          The worst we’re getting here is the smoke that engulfs the city every other day. I used to see photos like this online, usually in places like Tokyo, where the air was so thick that you couldn’t safely leave the house without a mask — and I never expected to see my own city in the same state, but it is exactly like that. 
          
          So yes, I am safe, but most definitely not unaffected. 
          
          If anybody would like to help, please consider looking up and donating to NSW Rural Fire Service or WIRES (who rescue and rehabilitate injured wildlife). 

ReneeShantel

Two weeks into 2020 and it's really starting to feel like I'm getting back into the swing of things on Wattpad. 
          
          I've caught up with a few people already, rejoined the greatest book club on Wattpad ( @Rebel_Town , of course!), and today I finally managed to get up the first chapter of the new story I want to work on. It's not perfect, but it's up, and that's what matters! 
          
          If you're so inclined, you can read Dead Ringer here: https://www.wattpad.com/story/121179875-dead-ringer

ReneeShantel

@Rebel_Town ❤️ so looking forward to all the incredible stories!
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Rebel_Town

@ReneeShantel
            We are thrilled to have you back ❤️
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ReneeShantel

STATUS UPDATE: finally coming back! 
          
          2019 has been one hell of a ride. 
          
          I went into it with a solid plan: complete all of the editing tasks I had volunteered for, finish editing "The Angel of Vengeance", and then focus on my writing. My intention was to finish out the year with "The Angel of Destruction" completed and something else in the works. 
          
          But we all know that not everything goes according to plan. I wanted to have all my editing done by February, and then that changed to April. I finally got it done towards the end of May, and just as it felt like I was about to get things back on track I found out that the store I'd been working at for five years was going to close its doors at the end of July. 
          
          Everything went on hold after that. I decided I wasn't going to be the sort of person who lost her job and crashed and burned. I was going to come out of this situation better than when I went into it. 
          
          So I went back to school, and for those five-ish months all I did was study. Sciences, of all things! I didn't write. I barely read. I got on Wattpad maybe...three times? At times it drove me crazy. 
          
          But it was worth it. Two weeks ago I started a new, full-time job at one of the biggest hospitals in Sydney, and I've settled in so easily that I've already started writing again. 
          
          My biggest challenge now is trying to get my manuscripts back on track. And that right there is my goal for 2020. 
          
          That, and catch up on everything I've missed here! So how has everybody been? What are the latest works that everybody's obsessing over? Any new writers I should know about? Tell me everything! 
          
          I missed you all. <3

ReneeShantel

@minimxmist @tidalbay @TechieInAK thanks, guys! It's great to be back. ^_^ I'm looking forward to catching up on all of your works over the next few weeks! Missed you all so much!
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TechieInAK

@ReneeShantel Welcome back! It's great to see you back on here! I'm looking forward to more of your writing in 2020! 
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tidalbay

YAY WELCOME BACK!!!!!!!!
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ReneeShantel

I'm busy with classes right now (seriously, I have ten exams within the next two weeks) so I haven't been able to participate much in NaNoWriMo this year. I hope everybody is doing better than me! 
          
          That said, the wonderful people over at The Invincible Quill interviewed me for their November issue. You can check it out here: 
          
          https://invinciblequillmag.website/all-editions/ 
          
          I'm hoping to be active here again by January. See you all then!

ReneeShantel

@tidalbay I miss you, too! I have so many stories to catch up on! XD Hopefully by January I’ll be back in full! And thank you! 
            
            @Davrielle I’ve missed seeing your name around! Reminds me of Rebel club, which I miss like crazy whenever I see the new rounds posted. Hoping to catch up on your works soon! 
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Davrielle

@ReneeShantel Good to see you again Renee!! It's been a long time 
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tidalbay

Hello I miss you!! ❤️❤️ good luck on your exams!!
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ReneeShantel

STATUS UPDATE: 
          
          Updates on THE ANGEL OF DESTRUCTION and CRASH INTO ME are going to be slower than slow. I am still semi-actively working on both, but life is (as usual) crazy. 
          
          To give some more context to this: the store I have been working at for the past five years is unexpectedly about to close, leaving me out of work. As such, I have made the decision to go back to studying full time. The course I'm undertaking will only take me six months at this point, but it's going to be intense. So I'm making no promises in regards to my works in progress. 
          
          I WILL be updating them -- I just don't know when. However, I will do my best. 
          
          Thank you to everybody who continues to support me, and to those of you still waiting for me to get back to your stories. Train rides should give me much more time to read! 
          
          Much love!

Birdpaw

@ReneeShantel good luck with your studies <3
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minimxmist

Your new profile pic! So nice <3 man I gotta update mine, haha. Glad to see you're back :) 

ReneeShantel

@minimxmist it only looks good because it's small. =P And I wish! I've never even seen snow! (Although, it gets so cold in Sydney sometimes that I'm sure it'll happen eventually!) 
            
            Ahhhh, good for you! =D I can't wait to see where your change of course takes you! I admire you for taking on such vigorous studies in the first place. =) (I didn't go to uni, because nope!) I've seen a couple of your updates pop up on my phone, and I'm looking forward to diving into them! XD
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minimxmist

@ReneeShantel omg if you never told me it was photoshopped I would have believed you were in a winter wonderland! You're quite good with photoshop :p
            
            Same here, honestly. Ive been okay. Been doing little mini updates here and there but I won't be back fully until mid July (so a week from now pretty much). Currently on my teaching prac and it's been fun. I've actually decided that I'm going to change into an arts degree next semester (doing a major in Professional writing and publishing and a minor in creative writing!) gonna take the plunge, pursue my dream and take the world by storm ;D 
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ReneeShantel

@minimxmist thank you! XD It was my recent attempt at trying to get back into photography and wanting to have a play around in Photoshop. Would you believe the original background is a brick wall? =P 
            
            And thank you! <3 I wouldn't say I'm fully back yet, but I'm working on it. I've been going crazy without Wattpad and everything that comes with it. =) 
            
            How've you been?! How's uni?!
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ReneeShantel

THE ANGEL OF VENGEANCE readers rejoice! 
          
          I have finally started posting the sequel again, and this time I'm determined to stick to it. 
          
          For the past six months I've jumped from manuscript to manuscript, trying to find a story that wants to be written while Zoe and co. took a well-earned holiday from my head. But now the gang are back and screaming at me again, demanding that I finish their story. So let's give this another shot, shall we? 
          
          Updates will likely be slow, as I'm still struggling with my writing and dealing with external life stresses, but I need to get these novels finished. 
          
          Thank you to everybody who supported Zoe in the past. I hope to see your faces again in THE ANGEL OF DESTRUCTION. 
          
          ---- 
          Side note, to everybody whose stories I'm reading: I'm so sorry I've been absent! I'm going to be working on catching up on everything, but it may be a slow process. With time, I hope to be back to reading and commenting regularly. Thank you for your patience!

ReneeShantel

@TechieInAK @Birdpaw thanks so much, guys! I can't wait to get back into everything! ^_^
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Birdpaw

@ReneeShantel I'm going to rejoice the heck out of it. It's great to see you!
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TechieInAK

@ReneeShantel It's great to see you back to writing! I've been waiting for that sequel! 
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ReneeShantel

Hey, Wattpaders! Long time, no see. 
          
          Although I never announced it, many of you already know that I have been on hiatus for the first few months of the year. I found that I had loaded far too many thing onto my plate and decided to step back for a while. My aim was to get through all of the editing projects I had for other people, finish off two readings I had for an internship I left, and get through a beta-read for a friend. I anticipated completing all of this by the end of February. After this, I was going to focus on my own writing away from Wattpad for a while, hoping to come back with some new work to share. 
          
          This did not happen. 
          
          Life decided to attack me in several ways, and so I've only in the past two weeks managed to finish up everything I had planned to do. As such, I've not looked at any of my own work since early January. I have nothing new to share, and in a way this makes me sad. I miss being here and interacting with everybody. 
          
          That said, I'm not quite ready to come back yet. I plan on visiting Wattpad more often so I can catch up on my reading and reconnect with some familiar faces, but you might not see any updates from me for some time. I need to get things done. Shall we try for the end of June? (No promises, of course.) 
          
          To anybody who has been waiting, I'm sorry and I thank you greatly for your patience. But this has been a much-needed break. <3

ReneeShantel

@Pfunzo18 @TechieInAK @xxRazmatazxx thanks, guys! ❤️ So lovely to see all your faces again! (Or, well, you know what I mean. =P) 
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xxRazmatazxx

@ReneeShantel
            So happy to hear from you ❤️ Best wishes with everything you still have lined up to do. 
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TechieInAK

@ReneeShantel Take whatever time you need. We'll be here waiting!
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