Sorry about the radio silence, everyone. As always, the best way to keep abreast of developments is to join my discord server; announcements are posted there and you can easily ask questions of the community, as well as myself when I’m around, which is at least daily.
So I have good news and bad news!
The bad news is that The Gods are Bastards is going to remain on hiatus for some time. I am recovering well from burnout and have overcome most of the stress-induced aversion I’d developed to the story, but recovery itself brought up a whole new set of problems: looking at it with a clearer head, there are multiple major plot threads I have no idea how to resolve, a number of things I honestly can’t remember what my original plan was, and in general the realization that I am just not ready to produce the last two books and have them be up to the quality I want. I should’ve anticipated something like this; depression is known to cause memory loss, and this is an enormous story with a ton of stuff to keep track of. This story deserves and needs a proper conclusion, and I need to take more time to do (at least one) complete re-read, do some serious plotting, and work on it. At the moment I am actually planning to do the last two books as books rather than as serial chapters. You know, write them all out ahead, and then go back and edit the whole before publication. And I should be able to do this without completely leaving everyone in the lurch thanks to the good news.
The good news is that my next story will launch the first week of February. The hard deadline I’ve set myself is the 6th, my birthday, but I’m aiming for before that. I have been writing steadily for the last few weeks, both to build my rhythm back up after taking a break and to build up a buffer. I was really burned out; I didn’t even start to realize how badly until I’d taken some time to rest. Honestly I feel I could take the rest of the year off and be better for it, but I’ve reached a point where even pure regard for my own mental health won’t allow that. I need to be working and creating, and I’m bumping up against the threshold where the lack of doing is would cause me too much stress to be worth the rest. So! Stories will resume next week. We’ll be off on a new adventure, with me having a comfortable buffer at launch so I’ll be able to take breaks as I need them and work on the next part of TGAB without taking another complete hiatus.
The final announcement and link to the new story will of course be posted here, and as I said all relevant info will be available on discord.
I’m more grateful to all of you than I can express, and expressing things is literally my life’s work. That’s how much I appreciate you. Thanks deeply to the tremendous patience of those who’ve continued to support me on Patreon and even sent me donations during this period when there was no work coming. Y’all have kept me fed and housed and enabled me to recover enough to get back to work and I promise I will do my very best to make it worth your while with my future offerings. But even if you’ve never sent me a red cent, I want you to know that you are still very important to me and I’m grateful to you for being a reader. Nobody goes into fantasy writing to strike it rich! I just wanted to give people a bit of happiness and knowing I’ve done so is the thing that truly keeps me going when I’m at my lowest points. I hope my writing has made your life a little bit better in some small way; I know it’s a mess out there and we’re all holding on as best we can.