I know, I know, I hear you loud and clear. Where’s the next book? What happened to you? Where have you been? What’s going on? Does this look infected to you? I can only say sorry for the delay so many times, I get that. So what is the deal, as they say? Well, simply put, a plethora of things.
First, what people want to know most about right now, is that I’m at the stage of revising the manuscript for the next book and doing my usual polishing before publishing. So at least that is making some progress. However, I can’t deny that this has been taking a while now, and people are getting understandably frustrated. For that, I am truly sorry, this isn’t how I want to treat the readers and fans of the series by making them wait so long. I can only offer a small explanation in my defense, but at the end of the day it still falls onto me to get the job done, and it hasn’t been finished yet, so that is my fault entirely. So, I am sorry about the incredible wait here.
As for what has been keeping me from completing the book in a remotely timely manner, like I said, many things during the past year. No, I didn’t get sick with you-know-what, though there was a close call that involved precautionary quarantining. Not exactly fun, but at least I remained healthy.
At any rate, the reasons for this dragging on for so long involve some small burnout initially (after the first two books in Season II released I was feeling a little spent with my writing energy), employment transitions and new focus in my life (big changes, big paychecks, big bites out of my time, etc), family changes (got married, getting ready to start a family, moving, all that jazz), personal health (trying to get to the gym more often, some quality R&R time to prevent future burnout, etc) and something all writers face; repeatedly going over what was written and changing/updating it to improve it (helps with quality, doesn’t help with progressing the story). There are other factors, but that pretty much covers it all.
TL;DR: I am sorry for the ludicrously long wait time here, and I am trying to get the next book out in the best condition possible as soon as I can. All the necessary artwork is done, all that remains is for me to finalize the manuscript, which is something I don’t want to rush through but at the same time want to complete very much so. I understand if this wait has put you off from the series entirely, I can’t argue with how you must feel at this point, all I can do is try my best and do what I can to get the next book out for readers to enjoy. There may have been some major life changes going on, but this is an aspect of my life that I don’t want to let go of, so I will keep at it however I can.
I hope this doesn’t detract from the magic the series has brought to everyone over the years, and that you’ll find reason to be patient with me a little longer. Until next time, take care, and stay awesome.