Sorry For All The Delays!

on May 16, 2016 in Books

I really am embarrassed that it is May 2016 and I don’t have the third book finished yet, so I feel an explanation is necessary.

If you’ve ever been in the position of having first a baby and then a toddler in the house, you can understand how that eats away into your time. The first big delay, in 2015, was simple enough to explain: I agreed to become the primary care-giver for my son for a year. Family and a part-time nanny helped, but even so I found myself putting 60 hours a week into Daddy Day Care Service. I don’t regret it, but like almost all new parents, the demands on my time were grossly underestimated by all concerned.

When that first year ended, my first priority had to be putting my career as a freelance writer back on track, since that is my bread and butter income. Only then could I return to writing the new novel.

At that point the issue became how I’m committed to maintaining the same standards I set for the first two novels, and that means having decent blocks of quality time to do the writing. My freelance work (whiskey, travel, wine, etc.) can be done here and there, but I learned a long time ago that my best work in terms of fiction happens when I can establish and sustain some momentum. I could slap my ideas together in dribs and drabs, but it wouldn’t be something I’d be proud of.

Even now, even a minor hiccup in the house tends to upset my whole apple cart. I did some good work for a few weeks in January and February, but then had to stop because we we had to move. That became such an utter fiasco that the entire month of March was lost, and then family demands wrecked April for me.

That said, I’m in another of those windows where good work is possible now, and I’m into the third part of the book.

10 Responses to “Sorry For All The Delays!”

  1. bugwar says:

    Thanks for the update.
    Good to know that work progresses on the book.
    The trials and tribulations of creative writing are an interesting tale, like a concrete example of Murphy’s Law, or the adage that “No plan survives contact with the enemy”.
    Keep up your efforts; I appreciate the art you create.

  2. Justin says:

    Thank you for the update. Still looking forward to the next book.

  3. Jon says:

    Some things are just worth the wait.

  4. Ivan says:

    I am so eager to read the next book. Do you think you will have a sample chapter we could read. Good luck and keep up the good work.

  5. willy says:

    Just finished Book 2- love the premise! Fun read- don’t leave me hanging like Bernard Cornwell did with his Civil War series!!!

  6. bugwar says:

    Tis September, how goes the writing?

  7. Jim says:

    Thanks for the update. I’m looking forward to the third book. I thnk authors & books often build momentum through word-of-mouth as well as other factors. I wonder: if you could release your books in a more timely interval, perhaps you might find the momentum needed to generate significant income from your fiction is really doable. Good luck finishing the third book.

  8. Cathy Howat says:

    Thanks for the update

  9. Lewis Rich says:

    I am
    looking forward to reading Book 3 when it comes out. Please take the time necessary for it to be exceptionally good, and perhaps 40 to 60 pages longer than Book 2. This series is absolutely the most intriguing fiction I have ever read about the Civil War.

  10. bugwar says:

    Febuary, any chance of a word????

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