A picture of my cat using my hand as a pillow
And an explanation of the new Notes feature
As many of you know, I do a lot of stuff. Comedy, hosting, podcasts, gaming streams, and what was that other thing? Oh, books.
As a writer, I am writing a few books simultaneously.
So trying not to overcomplicate my output here is always on my mind. As you know, I have recently focused more on my short stories, my comedy, and serialising my upcoming novel The Stephanie Glitch.
But I haven’t forgotten my other books. You’ve not heard much about The Earthloop Trilogy because any post I had drafted about it was short and messy, and didn’t feel like the kind of thing I wanted to send into your email inbox.
You’ve not heard much about Seven Stories about Time Travel, Seven Stories about Space Travel, or Seven Stories about Astral Travel either, for a similar reason. All three of those story collections are still in development. A post about the development side would be quite short and only of interest to a handful of my readers. So I didn’t want it to clog your inbox.
I only want to email you full short stories and chapters. Because I have a promise to upkeep.
Free short stories, forever.
So where do Substack Notes come in?
Simply put, they are a new way to publish shorter content and pictures, such as works-in-progress and updates on my adventures as a writer. I can post developmental updates, jokes, career news, cat pictures and more on there, and it will never be emailed to you. It will be contained within Notes.
If you check out my Notes, you get to see pictures like this.
Notes are never beamed into your email inbox. To see my Notes, you have to be on the Substack app. You have to hunt them down, much like the secret links between some of the stories in Who Built The Humans? and indeed, the secret links in all my upcoming books too.
Notes are also a good way to find writers similar to the ones you like, and to share their stuff. It’s similar to twitter, but with less arguing. In the note below, my friend John Coon gives me a shoutout and mentions that time I was interviewed for his substack, which I don’t think I’ve announced here yet!
Simply put, it would be impossible for me to include everything I am up to in posts. For example, I’m going to try my hand at acting sometime soon, and tomorrow I’m being interviewed in a pub for a podcast about ghosts. Stuff like this won’t fit in posts, but it will be in my Notes.
So Notes are somewhere I will be posting microfiction, updates, jokes, as well as news from my other lives as a sci-fi comedian, Minecraft twitch streamer, and semi-professional Lego Artist.
I’ll also be answering questions about my stories over on Notes, and sharing any sci-fi stuff I like from other authors too.
If that sounds interesting to you, check it out! It’s free.
How to join
Head to substack.com/notes or find the “Notes” tab in the Substack app. As a subscriber to The weird worlds of Phillip Carter, you’ll automatically see my notes. You can then like, share, or comment on them.
You can also write and share notes of your own with everyone else here.
I’ve been looking for a way to chat more with my community for a long time (as beta testers of my discord community know) and this is a nice middle ground between a comment section and a dedicated chatroom.
I like it so far.
And here’s the Notes FAQ for technical bits.