Guys, I’m disappointed and frustrated with myself. The book has been delayed for two weeks.
First, Arachnomancer 2 was never meant to be this long. I was aiming for 100,000 words, which would have been 14,000 words longer (56 pages) than the first. The book is currently 126,000 words.
Second, I have a big family reunion that starts today. I thought, for sure, I would have the book done in August but the extra length has thrown me a curveball.
I went into crunch time.
For the last two weeks, I’ve been working 15-hour days. I wake up and work—with food breaks and time to stretch—then at 2:00 a.m., pass out. No time for exercise, no time for grocery shopping, no time to go outside. I haven’t read any books, played any games, or done much beyond stare at my wall of prose and try to bring the magic.
What a crazy blur. I learned a lot about myself, my creativity, and what doesn’t work. While I made a lot of progress, my brain constantly wanted to do something else. I need time between writing sessions to allow new ideas to grow. I need time to listen to my instincts as a storyteller and course correct if the story moves in the wrong direction.
You may think that a 15-hour day should yield a lot of work, but the longer you work each day, the less efficient and creative you become. I like it when my prose is light, silly, and fun. When I’m tired, it loses that exuberance.
Today was supposed to be a glorious day, the day I hit the big Publish button, sigh loudly, and say, “It has been done.” It was supposed to be the day I could stop working such insane hours and relax, have fun, and play games.
My reunion will conclude on the 10th, then I’ll be back, working to release Arachnomancer 2 without any of the cut corners. I believe the book will be ready in two weeks.
I know a lot of you have been excited to get the book. I’m sorry for making you wait longer.
The book is great. I love it. I think you’ll love it, too. It just needs a bit more TLC before I release it.
Thank you for your patience! We’re nearly there. 🙂