Hello all! I just wanted to let you know that I will recommence posting The Engine beginning the day after Thanksgiving–November 27! And, from there, there should be one chapter a week on Fridays or Saturdays. I’m hoping that there will be no more delays. Thanks so much for your patience!
I blinked and the calendar changed from July to September. How can time seem to be going so fast, but also be dragging.
Anyway, the good news is that I have been working on The Engine. Through Chapter 49 is with Kleannhouse to be beta’ed, and I’m working on Chapter 50. I REALLY hope to recommence posting the story soon, but I don’t want to do that until I’m sure that I won’t have to put the story back on hiatus. Once I feel that I am close, I’ll let you know so that anyone who wants to can review The Engine up to this point and be ready for the return.
In the meantime, thanks for your patience and your continued support!
I had wanted to have a definitive ETA for new writing when I gave you this update, but–sadly–I don’t have one. However, so many of you have shown the care to reach out to ask me how I have been that I felt the need to offer a few words–and a heartfelt thanks for your interest in my well-being.
So far, I’ve been able to avoid Covid. And I’m blessed to have a job that I can do from home.
I haven’t had a whole lot of time to write–since converting classes to the online format takes so much time and energy to do. And–to be frank–I’ve experienced a kind of depression in so much isolation. Having a pre-existing condition that makes me more vulnerable to Covid, I’ve definitely not gone out a lot, and when I do, I mask up and try to be as careful as I can.
I hope that you are all well and taking care of yourselves.
Now–here is the news that I do have about my writing. I AM working on The Engine, though it is slow-going. I have through Chapter 45 to Kleannhouse to Beta. I was hoping to have at least 8 chapters stored (or two-months-worth) of chapters before I began to post the story again in order to try to mitigate future delays. I’m hoping that things may calm down a bit at the end of this month, but there always seems to be a lot to do with my work. That said, I imagine that all of you are feeling the stress and strain of your own situations.
I feel blessed in so many ways, despite this trying time. And one of those blessings remains all of you.
Well–first–apologies. There is not going to be a chapter this week. I had one ready, but as I’m drafting the events after that chapter, I’m realizing that some things might need to change. I’ve been trying to draft the battle stuff, but it’s a multiple-chapter, many many many characters, many many story-lines converging, cray-cray beast! Not quite as crazy as Appius, but still . . . . It’s taking me a while to get things to work. So that means I’m going to ask for a little bit of time–and your patience–as I try to pull it all together. I’m thinking that I might need about a month–given the amount of time (and non-time) that I’ll have to devote to “fun” writing in the upcoming weeks. And, after I’m done, then Kleannhouse will need time to help me polish. My plan is to finish this story completely before I start posting again; that way, I can post two chapters a week.
I’m sorry for this hiatus. But I’m hoping it will be stortish.