SuggeStory Announcement Post

Hello hello!

This post is an announcement / landing spot for anyone in the future who may want to know what SuggeStory is and how to play along.

SuggeStory is my writing podcast. The general premise is simple: every week, I pick a sentence submitted by a friend and/or listener. That sentence *must* serve as the first sentence of a story that I write. On the podcast, I talk you through my creative process. I explain what information the sentence gave me and what that sparked in my head in terms of character or story structure. I talk you through the potential stories that I chose not to right, and eventually how I landed on the story that I wrote.

Then I read you the story.

Simple, right? But wait, there’s more! My friend Nate Petersen (he has a podcast as well, called FRUK Unwrapped! It’s a food review show [FRUK stands for “Food Review U.K.] and it’s very enjoyable) SuggeStoried that I also allow listeners to submit stories, and at my discretion, I could read some of those stories on the show. So that’s a part of the show, now, too!

Episodes release every Saturday. For the episode being released this coming Saturday, June 29th, the stories are due 11:59pm on Wednesday, June 26th in the Los Angeles time zone! Submit your stories to SuggeStoryPodcast@gmail.com.

The sentence that *must* start your story is, “I don’t think I can eat any more of these today.”

I hope you enjoy this writing experiment. I always find that it gets my creative juices flowing.

Find the podcast here: https://suggestorypodcast.podbean.com/

OR on Stitcher, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, or Apple Podcasts!

 

Justin Xavier, June 24, 2019

PS! Future editions of this blog will feature the written version of each SuggeStory that I’ve written, but without my explanation of the writing process. Gotta listen to get the good stuff!

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Progress, Excitement, and Achievement – An Update on life in Los Angeles

This will just be a quick blog about excitement and progress. As long as you stay focused on what you want, you’re sure to get it. I focused hard on getting an Agent in Los Angeles, and as of this week, I am officially signed with Prodigy Talent. Soon the auditions will be rolling in and I’ll be doing exactly what I came here to do. I mean, I’m already doing what I came here to do, but I’ll be one rung higher on the ladder.

Los Angeles is so full of potential and opportunity. Last night, I went out with some old college friends (some of whom live in LA now, some are visiting) and while we were out, it just so happened that I bumped into the host of one of the podcasts that I always listen to. I did a massive mental double-take when I realized this girl’s voice has been coming through my car speakers for the past 2 years. And when I told her how much I loved the show, she said she’ll have to bring me on as a guest host in the future because the show needs more male perspective.

And this happened because I decided to go out with some friends.

Opportunity is everywhere, as long as you’re open and willing to look for it. Every day makes me even more excited for my own future. Every time I meet a new person, I realize that there is so much we can be accomplishing together. There’s so much we can all learn from each other, and there’s so much growth we can all go through. And I cannot wait to continue growing and changing and finding new opportunities.

I’m getting more and more excited about my screenplay every day, because I know my writing partner and I have hit on something really good, and really fun, and really important. And I can’t wait to make the movie. Count on seeing “Sick For Toys” in your theaters, redbox, and your Netflix lists at some point in the future because I’m not going to let this movie go unmade.

And behind all of this, I’m still growing and developing as a person. I’m learning so much from each new person in my life (and the ones who have been around awhile) and I love the person I am becoming. It’s all about progress, one day at a time! I am so, so excited about everything that I’m going to make happen in this world and this lifetime. Because that’s the thing—if you wait for things to happen TO you, you’ll wait forever. But if you make them happen, you can do anything you want to.

Live long and prosper, my friends. Go out and achieve something!