I'm sorry it's been so long since I've posted anything on here. December was a very busy month with work and at home. But once the new year started, I promised myself that I would finish this damn story, and my opportunity came on Friday night, January 9th. I started writing at 11pm CST, and six hours later, I wrote two of the best words in the English language: "The End." I turned the monitor off, shuffled out of the office, turned out all the lights, and laid down on the couch in the living room.
To quote the narrator in Fight Club, "Babies don't sleep this well."
Ten days later, the last of the edits were made and "From Parts Unknown, Part 5" went live on Amazon. The entire story has been told, and I was so anxious to make sure the world knew about it.
But more than anything, I wanted to sleep, and over a month later, I still want to sleep. I've finished projects before, but I've never felt more physically drained than I have these days.
This story has been with me for so long, but it's never been fully realized until now. I knew it had potential to be a really fun novel when I wrote it in 2002, but since then, it felt more like a missed opportunity. More ideas came up for this little world after I self-published it through iUniverse, but I felt like I didn't have it in me to start over.
Then I read it again in 2011, and everything changed. I couldn't leave the story like that, just left alone at the bottom of the iUniverse bin to rot. So I took it back from the publisher and, after moving to St. Louis that August, I started the journey that led me to January 19, 2015, when the last of this five-part serial went online.
There's also the scope and the overall length of the story. Yes, it's broken up into five smaller pieces, but I always envisioned all five parts in one big paperback. I'll know in time when that will become a reality; I just have to be patient. However, it's hard for me to not get excited when I think about how big this story became.
How big? Well, the 2002 version was just over 230 pages long. This one - all five parts combined - is over 520 pages long. I still can't believe that. It's like my own personal The Stand, especially when you consider how Stephen King gave his 1970s version a full re-write for his 1990 re-release.
So if you want to give this story a look, I hope you enjoy it. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out, and I'm looking forward to your feedback.