The Gods are Bastards will be taking its first official hiatus for the remainder of March. The story will resume on Monday, April 2.
During the latter half of the last book, I’ve gone back and forth on this, originally planning a two-week break as I’ve been updating without pause since 2014 and was beginning to feel burned out on the story. By the time the book actually ended, I was in a much better creative place, and leaning the other direction. My mind was made up when a very generous reader made an extremely kind donation which funded Friday chapters for at least two weeks. It seemed like a churlish time to suddenly take time off.
Then, while trying to get the first planned bonus chapter done–by last Friday, which obviously didn’t happen–I’ve had the worst case of writer’s block in my experience set in.
The truth is (and regular readers will know this), I have always been bad at managing my energy. I’m bipolar, which means sometimes my creativity is through the roof and sometimes it’s practically nonexistent, and during “up” phases I tend to over-commit to things and fail to account for the inevitable downswing. I also suffer from a case of work ethic which means I feel constantly guilty if I am not working. I always want to power through, which works fine at my day job but isn’t a solution when it comes to creative labor like writing fantasy. The result is the schedule slips that have occurred over the last year and a half, the missed and delayed updates. A lack of planned rest causes unplanned failures.
I’m hitting a burnout point and need to rest, and take time away from TGAB. I’m extremely sorry to have to come to this decision after already announcing this bonus chapter, but the chapter’s not coming, and I’m making the call to look after my mental health rather than forcing it.
This won’t be a vacation for me, just a period away from TGAB to help stave off burnout for the good of the story. I have other work to do:
- I plan to continue working on the second story I mean to launch as a serial when it is complete. That one is fresh to me, and time spent on it has helped me come back to TGAB with fresh enthusiasm already. I think a couple weeks of it will do this serial a world of good when it resumes, as well as being productive and bringing Project 2 closer to launch.
- I have researched and selected an editing service and cover artist to begin launching the TGAB ebook series. My plan had been to do whole volumes at a time, but that may be prohibitively expensive; Volume 1 would cost nearly $3500 to produce that way, whereas Book 1 alone comes out to less than $1300. In the near future I’ll be making a decision on that and launching a Kickstarter to fund it, because I have cash for neither on hand; my intention is to make free copies of the finished ebook a reward for backers. There may be stretch goals and other rewards if I come up with good ideas for some.
- I still need to launch the planned TGAB merch store. Reader Vexingvision was kind enough to give me excellent professional advice on this last year, but I subsequently got busy and had mental health issues and that has fallen by the wayside. It is still planned and this should give me time to work on it.
The Gods are Bastards will return in April with the planned series of bonus chapters, followed by the resumption of the main story arc. Friday chapters have been funded in advance and will be going for at least two weeks once updates resume.
Thank you, as always, for reading. All of you who do so are heroes to me.