Before I begin giving you my amazing experience of becoming an author, let me tell you my name. I say this because that’s one heck of a name and it’s something I’m damn proud about.

My name is “Lancelot Trevor Quadras“.

Sounds too strong right?

That’s about the only thing which was strong about me until a few years ago.

Why I say so?

It’s simple. I was an average guy with average marks, average skill in sports, dated just 2 girls until I was 26 and pretty much had no interest in making a good life.

Now you’ll be wondering where is the part where I’ll begin writing about my journey into becoming an author right? That can wait for a while. I want you to know more about me before you read the good part.

I can never complete something immediately. I have a lot of ideas. I show promise to many people around me. I’ll begin with a bang but somewhere down the line, I’ll just lose interest or will just stop.

That’s one of the prime reasons I could never grow. I loved my comfortable shell. Hell, who doesn’t love their comfortable life right? If I asked you to leave your father’s house and live separately, pay the rent, wash your junk and cook your own food, would you do it?

No, you wouldn’t. But that’s fine. We all love our comfort zone.

Blogging was one of the important things in my comfort zone. I loved writing and saw many others who had beautiful content to share. I read it and it made me feel nice. I wrote, I read a lot and participated in many blog themes.

One of them was “A-Z Challenge”.

I’m going to be honest here; this theme gave me more purpose than all of my school and college life could give. How can I say so?

It gave me discipline to be on time with my posts.

It also ensured I planned well in advance of all the words I will write on.

I worked on posts, edited them, deleted the whole idea, started the whole process until I got the right version.

Now here’s the time I’ll tell you about my journey of becoming an author.

* Back in 2018 – A mail arrives:

Blogchatter presents the E-Book carnival.

I deleted it even without reading it.

Yes and then I clicked on Undo and thought let me read it. It must have some good prize money included.

That was the most shittiest thought which came to me. But I’m glad it did. I would never have read more about it otherwise.

They mentioned about converting 26 of your posts from A to Z into a book. Yes, a god damn B-O-O-K. My first reaction? I laughed…. and then I laughed again.

Because Lancelot Trevor Quadras knew deep within that he can do many things like become the president, go to hell and rule it and even learn to cook but he cannot ever write a book.

That’s how much negative confidence I had on my skills. I lost that thought and concentrated on my theme for the A-Z Challenge. For some odd reason, I applied for the carnival and thought “what the heck” let’s see. If anything fails, I’ll bail out.

Then the challenge began on 1st April and the flurry of blog posts began to be shared on social media. I too had my words ready and the posts began to be written.

It was then on 5th April that I was done with 4 posts and a grand realization took place. All the words I chose had a meaning but I somehow managed to relate it to “getting better” in life.

It was then that I realized that a book is possible as I have a theme and have a lot to share. This is how, a boy who has more self doubt than anyone had in him had a glimmer of hope that he could share his work with the world.

I wrote continuously and days passed by. When the challenge ended, Blogchatter gave us steps on how we could zip and convert these into a pdf format for books. All we needed to do was find a suitable title, write the acknowledgement, bibliography and many other things that would make the user experience easy.

Blogchatter E-Book making:

I was bloody nervous. Yes, writing blog posts is one thing and sharing them with the whole world is something else. What will the world think? Will they accept my book? Will they judge me? Will people make fun of my work? and many other questions ran around my mind.

With the constant help of my friend Reema who herself got her first book published from Blogchatter and also my school friends, I went ahead and worked on creating my work into a book.

My friend Dean helped me with a good image for the cover of my book. I liked the feel of it. There were butterflies in my tummy I must say.

D-Day:

That was a day when time stood still.

Okay, I’m exaggerating but that’s how I felt it. The joy when the linky went live and the world saw new and existing authors with their work displayed.

I had Goosebumps seeing my name as Author of “The Alphabets of Life – For Mortals“. It gave me so much joy. I don’t think I had so much joy ever. I was literally on cloud no.9.

Straying away from the topic, let me do some shameless self promotion (SSP) by asking you to check and download a free copy of my book – CLICK HERE

It’s free of cost and you won’t fall unwell. You might feel a bit sleepy in the middle posts but am sure you’ll like the end.

Why should you become an author?

Okay, I’m no specialist but writing is a journey. It’s more like how Frodo and Bilbo left their comfortable Shire and went to save the world from the King of death. Their story became epic. Yours can too.

I have learnt a lot by completing the E-book carnival program. It’s a new world. I understood how much effort goes into writing a book. There’s an idea. There are characters. There is a limit of 26 posts and you have to fit your idea into it.

It’s not easy but not impossible either. I had fun writing about different things. There were some amazing authors who wrote a plot and split it into 26 posts. I kept longing for more and read some in one sitting.

You can evolve as a writer. You can grow a lot by taking this step. Step out of your comfort zone and step in to the amazing world Blog chatter has for us bloggers.

Why choose Blogchatter?

I have been part of blogging networks since 2015. It’s 5 years and I’ve seen many try and help bloggers get exposure. I saw blog chatter begin and try their hand in helping bloggers evolve.

They had their weekly chats on twitter. I hardly participated in them back then and only waited until they brought blogging projects which would bring me money.

How foolish of me right?

But that’s how blogging life was for me in the initial stages. In these years I have seen Blog chatter evolve from just another blogging network to becoming THE BLOGGING NETWORK.

If you have a problem, throw it at them and they’ll fix it.

But they’re not GOD that knows everything right?

Yes. But they’ll find someone who knows the answers.

When you choose Blog chatter they will help you 1000000% and ensure you don’t feel the jitters. They’ll help you as long as you’re willing to make the jump.

Go for the e-book. Who knows, we might have a bestselling author among us hidden!

Here’s how you can join the E-book carnival season 4 – Click Here

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Pulwama.
I wanted to post something on my feed today but couldn’t wrap my head on anything except what I’ve been reading and listening to since yesterday.
Terror attacks scar you for life. Someone died not knowing it was their last day. Someone died protecting us. These are moments when you feel helpless.
I don’t want to be that person who just comments with how the government must just do something and get revenge or go ahead with a surgical strike and wipe out the enemy.
I don’t know if I have the courage to do anything today except pray for the families that lost their child. I will never understand their pain and loss. No one can unless they go through it too.
At the end of the day, all I have wondered is why is there such a war? Is this for peace? Is this for being numero uno in the superior power list? Because it doesn’t sound sane to agree that you need to have a war to achieve peace!
My idea of peace? This picture. This setting. I was here on a Monday morning battling many thoughts in my mind. But the sound of the waves, the silence around me gave me a moment of being in absolute bliss. This is what I would call being in peace.
I urge you to find your peaceful memory and always remember it. Whenever you are in darkness, whenever you are in pain, there is a choice to make. Choose peace. Always!
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I’ve been watching this amazing show called “Sense8” available on Netflix. Everyone who knows me understands the snail’s pace I take usually to complete a season of any show. It takes me months. But here, I got done within 2 weeks! The entire concept made me go bonkers and hence I have compiled a list of 8 reasons why you must not at all miss this show. Please read them and definitely add this in your list of shows to watch before you die.

  1. Concept: How would you feel when you realize you are connected to 7 people and they are to you. The show’s main storyline dwells on 8 different individuals who are a new breed of humans who are connected to each other and can feel, speak, think what the other person is going through.
  1. Diversity in Casting: They have ensured to bring in the authenticity here by bringing 8 people of different nationalities. Means you will find 8 different countries, different cultures, different emotions and languages being used here.
  1. Exploring different individuals: I like the way they have added so much of genuineness in their story. You will find people who are straight, a homosexual and a transgender here. That’s how real as a story can get, right?
  1. Surprising elements: The 8 are connected in such a fashion that they can use each other’s skills and language too. Don’t be surprised if you find a German talk in Hindi or an Icelander talk in Korean!
  1. Storyline: The storyline in Season 1 is more of a grasping material for all of us as we try to understand if this concept is true and that if we can feel what another person is feeling thousands of miles away. It is fast paced, it will make you think and you are bound to love them all.
  1. Emotional connect: Finding someone to talk to when you are sad is very important. Many don’t get to do that and either slip into a dark place or even worse. Here, when someone feels sad or needs help, the others can come to their aid. Wouldn’t that be amazing if we got that opportunity too?
  1. Direction: It is a task, trust me when me as a viewer finds it difficult to place who is talking in one scene. I can hardly imagine how they directed each sequence showing different characters performing a single task in the same way! A grand salute for them for their good work.
  1. Breaking stereotypes: Did you know that when I say they all can feel each other’s pain, I really meant it. A man can feel the pain when one of the females has menstrual cramp pain. If one of them gets pregnant, a man would immediately feel everything, right from the joy, pain and irritation! It is indeed different and not something that I’ve seen in many shows.

Here are my 8 reasons to watch this show. Don’t worry. There are no spoilers as such which will ruin your series watching experience. It’s something that I really want people to watch and hence please do check this out.

I am taking my Alexa rank to the next level with Blogchatter. Do follow the hashtag #WritingsByLancelot and #ReadWithLancelot to be part of my journey.

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