Sunday, June 21, 2015

So, what's going on here, Jay?

Good question. Glad you asked.

For the past year I've been writing erotic romance stories; three novels (The Unconventional Affairs Trilogy), eleven short stories and several anthologies. This was all in addition to my travel / boating lifestyle writing I had done under my real name.

All was well. My works were, generally, well received, and I had actually sold a few of them, though that was never my thrust. (No pun intended.) I wrote because I enjoyed it, and I had an opportunity to get scenarios down on paper that had been swimming around in my head for quite some time. (How Carol and Doug got together in the chapter Wehrli-gig from The Unconventional Affair is the most conspicuous of these.)

The bottom line is this--I don't want to write sex scenes anymore. I got bored with the erotic format...not the content, mind you. I love a good sex scene. But I figured out that when I wrote erotica I found that including a mandatory sex scene was, well, limiting. I found they got in the way of the story. And they HAD to be included since the erotica genre kinda requires them.

This is on me. This is my thing. All props to every erotic writer out there. And, frankly, I'm sure I'll still write and publish erotica in the future. But for now it's time for me to step back from it and write in more conventional ways.

My main thing is to fully explore my original trilogy, The Unconventional Affairs novels, along with it's associated short stories. I think there is a lot more in that little universe. It needs to be developed fully. To do this I'm deconstructing it. It's no longer three novels. It's now a 40+ part series of short stories. I've taken all the chapters, revised them, made them PG13/R rated, reordered some of them to fix a timeline oddity in the original trilogy, and generally tightened the content. I think it will be a better reading experience.

The same wonderful characters--Carol, Monica, Marie, everyone else--still live in Charleston, work at Flashworld, serve our country in the Coast Guard, and live, love and enjoy life fully. It think they're great people. I love them all. They're multi-dimensional and deserve to evolve and become whole.

As to how often the parts will be published--don't know yet. But I do know there will be a flurry at the beginning. I'm think five parts at a time. Where will they be published? For now, exclusively at Smashwords.com. How much? For now, they will be Pick Your Own Price products...let's see what happens with that.

I'm also going to be exploring some what I think will be interesting cross-platform and media things, as well as some open source ideas that I have. That will come later.

So, I hope you'll come along with me on the journey. Let's see where this takes us, shall we?

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