There are quite a few people I owe emails to. Off the top of my head, there’s David Gerard, Dale Smith, Plok, and James Wylder, and I’m probably missing as many again, but those people want particular bits of help from me that I’d normally be glad to give.
Sadly, I’ve simply not had the mental ability to reply to these things at the moment. November and December are always bad mental-health times in my household — they’re very bad for my wife, and as she’s normally effectively my carer, acting as a buffer between me and the neurotypical world, that means more of the real world gets through to me in those months.
And this significantly impedes my ability to function. I am still able to write stuff, because that just comes out of my brain all the time. And I’m still able to be present on social media, because that requires just immediate reflex responses. But anything where I’m having to put some serious thought into composing a proper response to a question… that’s been beyond my ability for a few weeks,
I haven’t forgotten your emails, and I will do my best to get back to you, but my best may not be good enough until after Xmas, when things start to improve a little. This goes for any other emails I get in the next few weeks.
Sorry for being crap.
You take care of yourself :-) My Patreon’s taken off surprisingly well as it happens. If you happen to have useful ideas that’d be great, but entirely at your leisure, and certainly not as any sort of obligation!
Now, getting another Sarah Turner book out …
The second Sarah book should be out soonish. I was *hoping* to have it out at the end of this month, but that’s slightly overoptimistic, and as a result I’m having to push it back even further — there’s a Christmas subplot, which I’m going to have to excise or downplay, because no-one wants to read books about Christmas in January — but I’m aiming for a couple of weeks from now, and at the latest the end of next month.
ehh *handwave* being excellent is more important I’d think.
Excellent is hard though. At this point in my novel-writing career I’ll settle for “competent”.
(I actually did hit “excellent” with my first novel, I think — “Head of State” is actually very good IMO. “Destroyer” and “The Basilisk Murders” though, I see flaws all over the place with them, which I’m not capable of fixing at my current level of writing ability. Readers I respect have been kind enough about them that I’m willing to believe they’re worthwhile, but it’ll be a long time, I think, before I reach excellence again in my own mind.)
The Basilisk Murders isn’t Dostoevsky, but it doesn’t aspire to be. It succeeds, I thought, at being what it is.
As someone who has had their own terrible share of mental and physical health issues, I get it. You take care of yourself. I like making cool things, but I like people who I like to live their lives, be happy, or at least be less-miserable, more than I like making cool things.
So really, take care. You do what you need to do for you though.
One small thing though? Being that my request is built into celebrating an aniversary, bumping it up a bit on your “to do” list would be appreciated! I’d like to get the piece out before this year ends, (unless you think its awful), for obvious anniversary-ish reasons :). If that’s not possible, then that’s fine <3.
If you don’t get a proper reply from me before your deadline, feel free to just put it out without my input. I’m sure it’ll be fine.
I’ll do my best to reward your trust in that. I’ll do another round of preview readers to polish it again.
Please don’t waste any time worrying about me, Andrew! You’re not crap, I just send a lot of emails. Go tend to the higher-priority issues, do whatever suits what you need, and when you’ve done what needs doing then grab some rest time where you don’t have to feel obligated! That would make a nice Christmas present for me, to not be a source of extra confusion in an already-busy December.