Let’s get right to the point. I started to write you all a long, blathery blog post about it, but it got really rambly and made no sense, so here’s the very cut and dried version:
I am very sick.
I set off another symptom flare. Because of previous self-analysis and paying closer attention to what I was doing, I do know what I did to set it off this time, which hopefully will allow me to, you know, not do that in future. But that doesn’t change the fact that I am in a flare now and can’t will my way out of it, as much as I would like to.
One World is very close to being done.
I have been trying to finish it anyway, despite being sick, but it has become increasingly clear that my body is not going to allow me to do this, and if I continue to try to force it, the book is going to come out subpar.
I don’t want the book to be subpar. You don’t want the book to be subpar. This series is really important to me. I know it’s important to a lot of you as well. You don’t want to read a half-assed book, and I don’t want to publish a half-assed book.
I had previously been secretly planning on releasing the book in serial format this fall on Patreon to buy myself some extra time and to let readers read it kind-of-on-schedule, That’s not going to happen. Even with the extra time serializing would buy me, I can tell from the way I’m feeling that I’m not going to be better in time, which means I would either wind up putting the book out half-assed or would be stopping partway through serialization like a fanfic author who lets their fic languish and die. (You know, fanfic-author!me.) I don’t want that. I know you don’t either.
So, One World is not coming out in 2022. Probably 2023? But this is 100% health-dependent. I can’t force my body to get better faster. All I can do is let it rest and stop pressuring it.
Additionally, no deadlines for real this time. I know I said no deadlines before, but then I put myself under one because I had this really good opportunity from a trade organization for a potential review that I didn’t want to miss out on. So I pushed myself, made myself sick, and am going to miss the deadline anyway lmao. Lesson learned. No deadlines for real this time. Hence why I will not commit to a new date.
The book is almost done, though. I’m not making that part up. But the parts that aren’t done are super important and basically have been foreshadowed since Book 1, so I really need those parts to not suck. And I know you do too. So I need to take this time to let myself heal, and then when I’m well enough to go back to writing, take it slow and not be pulling any more two-weeks-straight-thousands-of-words-constant-working marathons.
Updates when I have them~
In the meantime, pray for me fr, I don’t want to spend the next 18 months sick like I did last time I did this to myself