Both my blog and my newsletter have been quiet recently because I’ve been really, really busy. Like, busy. Italicised busy. When I’m not doing my teaching placement (6am-6pm, five days a week – the mother of unpaid internships), I’m studying and writing essays. When I’m not writing essays, I’m repairing the house. When I’m not repairing the house, I’m cleaning it, or cooking bulk-loads of bolognaise sauce. And when I’m not doing that, I’m writing for you.
Eighteen months to go, guys. Eighteen months of almost full-time, unpaid, emotionally eviscerating work, before I get to do it for real. If anyone ever told you teaching high-school is a simple gig… if anyone ever said, “Those who can’t, teach”… If anyone ever acted like teachers have it easy because they leave work at 3 (ha! Ha! HAHAHA!) or get extended holidays (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA) or don’t have to deal with bureaucracy (Stop it, you’re killing me!) then punch them. Punch them right in their faces, with both fists. Simultaneously.
And yet, I teach. Because I love it. Because getting a troublesome class to pay attention and care about their futures is the second most rewarding feeling in my professional career.
The first? Finishing a novel, duh.
Which is why you’re reading this post. Because you want my books. And I’m glad to say that, despite my time being limited, the incredible contributions of friends and fans through my GoFundMe campaign have allowed me to spend my few free hours writing instead of retail-slaving.
Writing hard enough to finish a solid draft of Rust: Season Two, in fact.
As we speak, I’m deep into the final edits on Rust: Season Two, which means it’ll be launching as soon as my cover artist is done. Am I excited? Hell yes, I’m excited. The second season of Rust takes everything you loved about the first season – the intrigue, the mystery, the hideous murders – and cranks it up another couple notches. With character introductions out of the way, Season Two is pure, exhilarating story. It’ll be released in five episodes, as with Season One, and then collected into a whole-season omnibus ebook.
What’s that? You think episodic fiction is lame and/or stupid, but you don’t want to wait weeks and weeks for the omnibus?
I’ve got you covered.
You know that GoFundMe campaign I keep yakking about? Support me at the $5 level, and you’re essentially pre-ordering the novel of your choice. That means I’ll email you Rust: Season Two the second it’s complete, in DRM-free epub and Kindle editions. Or you can support me at the $10 level and get the same deal for Rust: Season Two, Century of Sand 2, and the next Olesia Anderson thriller (which is a double-length story, for double the awesome). $16 worth of Ruz for a tenner? Whatta scoop!
In other, less immediate news, the final draft of Century of Sand 2 is ticking along and the first 1000 words of Olesia Anderson 7 are on paper, along with a plan for what is (humbly) the most intense, ass-kicking Olesia story yet. The Olesia Anderson saga is moving into the end-game, and the volume is already all the way up to eleven…