Long rambling follows, read at your own discretion:
People seem to expect more updates and more information, but I’ve never been very engaged with social media. Perhaps that means I’ll lose out in terms of followers/sales/etc. but I think that it’s the product that matters, so I will continue to devote most of my energy to writing. Still, I do think that people deserve some explanation for the long hiatus so I’ll try to put into words what’s been happening.
I probably haven’t been working as hard on The Gam3 as I should be. Writing has been an odd, wonderful journey for me. The Gam3 is the first major writing project I’ve worked on. Ever. There are plenty of pros and cons to that. The fact that’s it’s done so well is amazing, but at the same time it started out as a hobby and I’m still struggling with discipline.
I’ve always been a pretty bad procrastinator and having complete free reign was probably a bad idea. People tend to fall into patterns, and once I lost the pattern of regularly updating everything seemed to get away from me. I need to have deadlines and stick to them, so I’m going to try to get back into that groove. Thus far I’ve been working off of inspiration and motivation, but that resulted in erratic posts.
I appreciate the comments and concerns that have been posted (yes I read every comment). However, I’ve always been pretty insular, perhaps I’ve spent too much time online, so most of the comments just wash over me. I’ve also had some issues with depression in the past. I should be back to regular updates, but at the end of the day that’s on me. Thanks for raising concerns on business issues, but I’d appreciate it if discussion could focus on story issues.
I’ve agreed with a number of posts and comments and have revised Earth’s Gambit to fit. (For instance hypertranslation has been reworked so Alan is essentially directly manipulating photons that form the “bits” of the Game. Also as part of Chief Administrator 170’s investigation Alan’s assets are frozen, he can’t withdraw his items from the Vault.) Thank you to everyone that’s been commenting and discussing the story, your input is helpful.
I’ve spent a decent amount of time planning and figuring out where the story is headed. (There may be spoilers in this paragraph.) I agree with comments that this third arc was going a bit slow/confusing, I think in revisions I’ll have it basically head directly into the Exchange instead, cutting a few interactions in there. The typical shounen/fantasy hero’s journey where there’s a big bad evil, the hero trains, levels up, gets stronger, and defeats the evil then everyone lives happily ever after doesn’t appeal to me. But that seemed to be what people wanted, so I’ve been debating changing where the story was going. Still, it’s my story. I think (I hope) I know what I’m doing. We’ll see how it turns out.
I’ve been second-guessing myself a lot; I’ve rewritten a few things but at the end of the day didn’t make that many major plot changes to Earth’s Gambit. There may be a follow-up post if I realize something that changes the story, but you can probably read the web novel without any issues. The majority of changes have been polish, and the new editor makes the book really shine. (Finding another editor was an additional delay.) For those wondering about the exact release date for the ebook, it’s next Tuesday, August 15! You can pre-order it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074R284RB/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1502494005&sr=8-5&keywords=earth%27s+gambit The audio book should be out before the holidays, I’ll update when I have an accurate release date. A few details might be different from the web novel, but for the most part the plot follows the same path.
I’ve also been working on other projects, but I’m probably going through the more traditional publishing route with them. I wonder which of the following sound interesting to people: a coming-of-age story focused on internet troll culture, a fantasy story where people are batteries for magic, and a fantasy VRMMO where an engineering student tries to start an industrial revolution.
Thanks again to everyone that’s been reading, bought the book, audio-book, left a review, and are still reading after the hiatus. I wouldn’t be able to be writing without your support. Speaking of support, I think I will unpause my Patreon in September, but only if I catch up with the chapters I owe. That’s my deadline/goal for now, so expect more posts. I should be back to at least one chapter a week, but how much time I devote to The Gam3 versus other projects depends on how well Earth’s Gambit does.
TL;DR: I’m back! Good luck, have fun,