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“When Dreaming Becomes Dangerous” Inspiration & Major Themes

So, I’ve finally compiled all my sporadic thoughts together to write a preface for my urban fantasy novel, “When Dreaming Becomes Dangerous.”

My inspiration for this novel stems from the outrageous injustices black people and other minorities have had to endure in the U.S., and how it has been in the spotlight way too often since at least 2015.

Yes, I am a white middle-class woman, and I am aware of my privilege, but that doesn’t mean I am any less hurt from watching the people I love feel discriminated, ostracized, and unloved by the American people and corrupted police.

I would also like to mention for all those who don’t think the police are at fault, some are and some aren’t. There is good and bad in everyone. It just so happens that the bad are acting out and causing so many unjustified deaths.

This book is an outlet for me to release my emotions through a world I created where the minorities have been hiding for decades due to a dictatorship-like presidency; however, are slowly boiling over until a climax for justice is reached.

There will be powers not known to our world in this one and magic that I hope will make you envious, but the main theme will be the same: Justice.

This book supports #TalkThePOC and also the campaign #ProjectWomanUp.

#TalkThePOC is an all-inclusive movement inspired by FreeTheLGBT and personal experiences. People of color (POC) are greatly underrepresented in Wattpad fiction. This movement aims to help change that through the promotion of equality and the acknowledgment of the existence of various and beautiful ethnicities, nationalities, and cultures. This movement encourages POC characters, whether they be on the side, or in the center of fiction.

My book features beautiful, confident POC in positions of power and as really good friends. It is unfortunately true that characters of color are extremely lacking in Wattpad fiction, and professionally published fiction in general.

Everyone deserves the same opportunities and respect no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they’re from. I am proud to fight back and represent strong and realistic POC in fiction.

For those who know me personally, you also know of my advocacy for women empowerment and gender equality. What I love about #ProjectWomanUp is that it cuts through all the noise most Wattpad writers and readers are familiar with: damsels in distress and unhealthy, possessive relationships.

Those kinds of stories I’ve seen on Wattpad since the beginning (almost eight years now). This type of love has become idealized. It has become a sick definition of what love is, of what teenagers believe real love looks like, and real love is definitely not that!

I want to read (and write) stories about powerful women, who don’t solely rely on men like their lives depend on it. I want to see amazing women working towards a goal to better themselves, whether or not a lover is in the picture.

So, I am also proud to fight back and represent #ProjectWomanUp through Wattpad by portraying strong female characters in fiction.

I wrote more in depth about #ProjectWomanUp in my previous post. Check it out if you’re interested.

I’ve just briefly touched upon the preface of my book in the blog post. To read more of my preface, click here.

And, as always, thank you to everyone for your unconditional support and encouragement.

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“When Dreaming Becomes Dangerous” now a part of #ProjectWomanUp

For those who know me personally, you know of my advocacy for women empowerment and gender equality. Well, my latest novel, “When Dreaming Becomes Dangerous,” is now a part of something that encompasses just that!

What I love about #ProjectWomanUp is that it cuts through all the noise most Wattpad writers and readers are familiar with: damsels in distress and unhealthy, possessive relationships.

Those kinds of stories I’ve seen on Wattpad since the beginning (almost eight years now). This type of love has become idealized. It has become a sick definition of what love is, of what teenagers believe real love looks like, and real love is definitely not that!

I want to read (and write) stories about powerful women, who don’t solely rely on men like their lives depend on it. I want to see amazing women working towards a goal to better themselves, whether or not a lover is in the picture.

I am in love, and it’s the real kind where there is respect, equality, communication, commitment, and genuine care for one another. I have been in love for almost five years now. It is not possessive, though there can still be times when jealousy pops up. It is not demanding, nor cruel, nor painful. What’s painful is our current long distance situation, but that has nothing to do with the love we have for one another.

He’s my best friend. We tell each other everything. We care for each other, more so like parents at times, if I’m being honest. We want to see each other accomplish great things and just be happy. That is real love. That is the kind of love that should be idealized and written about.

Especially on Wattpad, where, yes, there are authors and readers over 18-years-old, but a great deal of their active 45 million monthly members are underage. They are still trying to figure out who they are during their teenage years, which can be crazy difficult with so much being thrown their way. We’ve all been there; we know.

They should read about real love, healthy relationships, and kind friendships.

People who read experience scenarios they might not possibly ever experience in their lives. That’s one of the many reasons why I love reading and writing, but if they’re only reading negative perspectives of what is the ‘norm,’ they will begin to want that ‘norm.’

There are many variations to this quote, but the main idea remains the same:

“You only know what you read.”

So, I am proud to fight back and represent #ProjectWomanUp through Wattpad by portraying strong female characters in fiction.

A little bit about #ProjectWomanUp:

#ProjectWomanUp is a movement started by Alayna (est. October 25th 2015) supporting the empowerment of woman. Women are powerful people in the real world and it’s only fair that they should be portrayed the same way in literature.

Take a look at my new cover for “When Dreaming Becomes Dangerous” with the #ProjectWomanUp sticker and New Adult Reads sticker. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the sticker placements. I am awful when it comes to my internal struggle of keeping things unique, yet also symmetrical.

And thank you again for all your support and encouragement. Without you, it wouldn’t be as worth it for me.

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Updates: New Story, Editing & Critiquing

It’s been a busy two weeks! I’ve begun editing and critiquing Wattpad writers’ work again.

I’ve also published another story (finally)!

When Dreaming Becomes Dangerous

Mira has two lives: A waking life and a dreaming life.

In the day, Mira writes speeches for Robert Trudy, the mayor of her big magical city, Eron. Her hard work is underappreciated and the city is starting to split right under the mayor’s nose.

But since the unexpected death of her mother, Mira has been having the same recurring dream each night: standing in a white lace gown, underneath a white wicker arch, surrounded by white snow, with a blonde man she has never met a day in her life.

Eventually, Mira starts to see small changes in her recurring dreams. And soon she is able to control her dreams, opening up her mind to a world she never knew existed.

But what happens when this blonde man disappears from Mira’s dreams and dreaming becomes dangerous?

 

Jennifer Gioia. Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

The prologue is already posted and I’m in the final edits of the fifth chapter. I will be posting new chapters every Sunday EST.

All the dream sequences will be written in first POV, simple present tense. The rest of the story will be written in third POV, past perfect tense.

Fun fact! This dream is actually a very detailed dream I once had years ago back in high school. Before my current boyfriend (who has blonde hair), I only ever dated guys with dark hair, so the blonde threw me off. Who knows if it was a premonition, but either way, it has always been sitting in the back of my mind, waiting to inspire me.

I really hope you enjoy this. Please let me know what you all think! I am a huge fan of constructive criticism. I don’t have a current schedule on when the next chapter will be posted, so please bear with me. I assure you it will be worth the wait!

Click the following links if you’re interested in me editing or critiquing your work on Wattpad.

Appreciating all the love I’ve received so far!

I finally have the time to write fiction again!

Hi all!

So I know it’s been some time since I last published my creative writing on Wattpad. Honestly, I don’t know how half of the writers on Wattpad do it: being a full-time college student with a part-time job and still finding the time to write for fun! There’s also the argument that some majors are more time consuming than others. I will say the field of public relations, when running three full campaigns at once, is very time consuming.

Anyway, big news! I FINALLY have time to write for fun again now that I’m a college graduate. Yay! So after much debate on which story in my head to write, I give you: Sapphire.

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So for those who have read some of my previous works, you know I write for a mature audience. That being said, this will also be for a mature audience. However, more for violence and blood than anything else. Though I will say, there will probably be a few naughty scenes scattered about…

I’m writing this note to you all so the summary of Sapphire gets published for all your lovely eyes to see!

I’m way more experienced in only really writing in the romance and supernatural genres, so please bare with me as this is my first really action-y adventure (romantic, of course) drama.

I don’t have a set date on when the first chapter will be published, but please follow here or on Wattpad if you haven’t already, so you can receive an update the minute I post!

Thank you all in advance for you support.

Here’s the summary:

King Martin Bartel was a ruthless ruler. For over a decade, he declared war on surrounding countries to fulfill his greed. He was unfair to his people and disloyal to his Queen. Out of wedlock, came an infant born of sapphire eyes. To keep the King on the throne, he forced the mistress to give her away.

Eighteen years have passed and the girl with sapphire eyes has grown, raised by nuns, unaware of her lineage; all the while, watching the King and Queen fail time and time again to successfully have a male heir.

Eighteen years have passed and dangerous people of Hofstra are becoming aware that the King will never have a legitimate heir. It’s time for a new ruler, one that promises peace and prosperity. Soon, rumors spread of this man’s rightful place on the throne.

Soon, rumors spread that a girl with sapphire eyes could sabotage the whole revolution; that is, if she knows of her true birthright and if they don’t find her first.

Jennifer Gioia (c) 2016

My ‘Love for Writing’ Journey: Part Two.

I was finally doing what I loved in my classes: writing. I took poetry and fiction workshops, Greek mythology, Shakespearean studies, young adult literature, children fables, drama and much more. I loved every moment.

During my workshops, I realized I really enjoyed editing and critiquing other writers’ works. I thought maybe I could be an editor if I didn’t find success as a novelist.

I landed the position as the administrative assistant and editorial assistant supervisor for Saranac Review the spring semester of my freshman year. Saranac Review is an international literary journal published by the English department on campus.

I also began editing my friends’ papers and came to the realization that it was more frustrating than I had thought. I don’t like to boast about myself or degrade my generation, but I was appalled by my peers’ lack of proper grammar usage and writing techniques.

Editing wasn’t for me, to say the least.

Then spring semester of my sophomore year came along. I was taking a writing fiction workshop where we focused on writing a short story for the whole semester with multiple drafts. I wrote the short story “Stability.” I received a lot of great feedback and constructive criticism.

However, I realized that becoming a novelist was just a dream; a dream that I could not reach; a dream of from which I would not be able to make a living.

I had to give my dream up.

I freaked out. What was I supposed to do now? What will I do for the rest of my life? I still need a bachelor’s degree to be somewhat successful in life. What was I going to major in now?

These thoughts and questions were swirling through my mind until I found help at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Career Development Center.

I went to them at least twice a week for a month taking personality and aptitude tests and consulting about what my next step was.

I was pointed toward the Department of Public Relations. At first, I didn’t really know what PR was, just that it involved writing and people skills, both of which I possess.

So I filled out the necessary paperwork to change majors but made sure my English writing arts major wasn’t fully wasted. I used 18 of those credits towards an English minor.

I started my PR major by fulfilling the prerequisites, which included public speaking. I fell in love with public speaking. It gave me the confidence that I now hold in speaking to a large group.

I was still working for Saranac Review at the time, so I was also able to maintain my love for literature by working in the department.

My first immersed PR course I took was also with my academic advisor, Professor Colleen Lemza. She sparked my interest in the field with her enthusiasm and great stories of her experience. With PR, I was able to really make a difference in people’s lives with my writing, which, in the end, was what I always wanted.

I undoubtedly believe that without Colleen’s passion for PR, I would have second-guessed my major choice. She helped me find the passion I now have for PR.

Saranac Review gave me the experience as a valued leader in a publication, while the PR department gave me the great knowledge and enthusiasm of the industry.


Look for the third part coming soon. Haven’t read the first? Be a part of my journey here.

My ‘Love for Writing’ Journey: Part One.

Prince Charming saves the princess from an evil witch. That was the first real short story I remember writing. I was seven.

My mother has always encouraged my creative expression through dance, music and writing. Growing up, I expressed myself best through my writing of poetry, fictional short stories, journalling, lyrics and much more.

I have always had a vivid imagination, which would lead me to write anything that popped into my mind. From the beginning when I could first read, I also wrote. I wrote everything: poems about how blue the sky was or how I felt about playing music, and short stories about princesses, detectives or plain ordinary girls with problems just like myself. I started to take writing seriously when I was in seventh grade. I spent numerous hours creating plots; characters; twists and turns; and constantly changing the climax of each story.

Once I reached high school, I realized I could make a career out of my passion.

When I was 14, I stumbled upon two websites that were specifically made for aspiring creative writers. They included poems, lyrics, stories, etc. Quizilla was one, but no longer exists after TeenNick bought it, and Mibba was the second, which rightfully is still alive.

Based on the positive feedback from readers and other amateur writers like myself, I started taking writing more seriously. I love to write fictional romance, fantasy and free-style poetry.

Sophomore year in high school was when I started writing poetry constantly. I’d write poetry anywhere and everywhere: on my homework, my class notes and sometimes even my hand. I love writing poetry because it’s just an easy way to express how I feel. Before poetry entered my life, I used to have such trouble describing how I felt fully to anyone. After poetry, my stress was gone, I could think clearly and relax.

I love reading and writing poetry. I like to read the amateur poetry from poets around my age, with the same burning passion to write and some with the same problems. Those strangers, through the computer of many online writing sites, inspired me to be the amateur poet I am today. I don’t plan on making a career out of my poetry, I just like it as it is now, a hobby. When I was 16, I created this blog as a way to share my expression. I found other inspiring bloggers that shared my passion for all kinds of writing.

As high school graduation grew near, I knew I wanted to write fiction for a living … or at least that’s what I thought.

After graduation, I entered The State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. I started my freshman year as a declared English writing arts major, with the aspirations of becoming a fictional novelist.

Looking back now, I was young, optimistic and naive.


Move along my journey to the second part here. Haven’t read the introduction? Be a part of my journey here.