Housekeeping

I’ve been referencing The Harvest a lot throughout this blog, I’m having trouble jumping back into it because I feel constricted. Constricted because I have 3 parts online already and I feel it’s removing the freedom I should have as its creator to change things, especially if I have to change some of the foundations of the story.

For this reason, I’ve removed The Harvest (Parts 1-3) from Smashwords. For the hundreds that have downloaded these 3 serial stories, I apologize for taking so long to come out with part 4. Not sure when I’ll be able to churn out/modify what I have to get you the whole story but I’m revving the engine of my writing machine. Of that I can assure you.

Subconsciousness

I don’t know what the mystery is behind it but some of my best ideas for stories or music come right within the first minute or two of waking up in the morning. It never happens most mornings when the blaring alarm wakes me up. I just hit the alarm clock and roll out of bed for work. If I’m lucky, though, and this usually happens on the weekends, I can just stay in bed for a few minutes after waking up on my own. In these instances my mind allows itself to get creative and just roam free. And in that short transition period the good stuff rises to the surface.

The challenge has always been for me to capture that good stuff, especially when the good stuff is music. Music is the hard one because sometimes I’m just too lazy to get up, grab a guitar and hit record. But on the rare occasion that a cool story premise comes to mind, I just grab the iphone and punch in the idea, saving it to my Notes app.

Got a good one this morning…or it seemed good as I was still half asleep. Short story…fantasy. Working title is “Aunt Jamaica.” We’ll see what happens but this one whole story came together within a few minutes, beginning to end. That’s freakin rare.

And now to bring the idea to life in words…

Blowing the Digital Dust Off

Blowing the digital dust off some old stories and the project I put on hold since Spring 2013. I can’t remember what inspired me to get back into writing but I’m wading back into the giant pool that is my imagination and love for words. It could be that I’m eligible to retire in 2017 and just working on my writing chops for the next phase of my life when I can actually dedicate a lot of time to writing. For now I’m just hitting it after work in the evening and more on the weekends.

I am working on revisions to The Harvest and actually have some of it released in parts (1 through 4) on Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JohnSouthcross) and Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6542034.John_Southcross). At this point I’m not even sure I want to keep the same premise but I do have a lot of hours invested. Bottom line is that if it doesn’t work for me then it probably won’t work for my readers either.

More updates soon…or at least before another 2 years go by :)

Change in plans…sort of

So if you’re wondering why I haven’t posted part 4 up, here’s why. A few weeks ago Smashwords said that I couldn’t publish The Harvest the way I’m doing now (in parts). They said their research shows people only want standalone works and that I have to unpublish parts 1 to 3. Well the parts have still been up all this time so I guess I’m going to leave them on the site. I will, however, continue on with the project and hopefully publish the entire thing in the next few months. If I can find another avenue to publish this particular work the way I have been (in parts) I’ll try doing that too but if not I’ll just trudge on trying to tame this beast of a story.

Sharper Eyes Needed

I was getting ready to upload Part 3 of The Harvest this evening and as I was copying and pasting the title links onto the document, I realized I had the same title on Part 2 as I had on Part 1. That means I’VE HAD THIS F*CKED UP TITLE PAGE UP FOR A MONTH!! UUUGGGHHH…what a kick in the balls. Needless to say, it’s fixed and I made sure Part 3 is good to go. You can read it here:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/292180

This past weekend I wrote about half of an outline for an upcoming project about a doomed couple. This will be based on an actual relationship.

And the muse has been paying me visits every couple of weeks and whispering story ideas into my ear. I’ve written down three or four of those ideas so I can one day develop those ideas into worlds for you to explore.