It makes me cringe every time I check my site and see that the last time I wrote a blog post was in…wait, I need to check, which you don’t need to know because we’re not writing and reading in real time, but now you do know and you feel more engaged in the whole process…June last year. So here’s that update you’ve all been clamouring for (don’t check my social media for proof of this).
Like most of you humans, I am having difficulties with my actual job that mean I have to try to find other bits of work that eat into time I could be writing. But it’s better than living in the corner of that field that the farmer doesn’t seem to go near. Simultaneously, I am writing more things. I have a mostly finished novel waiting for a last edit, which will come after I finish the novel I’m nearing the end of now. These will be, respectively, novels 5 and 4 of NEXUS. Yes, I wrote them in the wrong order. Book 4 is more space opera like the existing books, but book 5 will be a little more grounded with a thriller-ish feel, while still being part of the series. And also I want to do more of the Writer’s Guide articles. They amuse me – probably more than they do anyone else.
As well as that, I’m writing two screenplays, holding myself back from writing a thriller series, continuing notes for a fantasy series, and wondering how long I can stay away from my short story series before the government declares it dead.
In line with trying to have actual funds that can be used for proofreading and marketing and things authors need to do, rather than every penny going to landlords and my mechanic, I have made the uncomfortable decision to start a Ko-Fi page (the coffee button in the dropdown menu/on the sidebar…no, up a bit…there). I went for that rather than something where you get rewards for supporting me, because it somehow feels like more a choice this way – I’m not bribing anyone. Which probably doesn’t make sense, but whatever.
The writing of book 4 seems to be speeding up as I near the end, so I think it will probably be ready for a summer release, with book 5 coming reasonably soon after, rather than the years of waiting we had between books 2 and 3. I’m looking forward to putting these out as they are the best things I’ve written, and book 5 in particular has led me on to something compelling I want to get on with.
Playtime is over for the NEXUS characters and the galaxy is getting a lot darker.