I don’t know why the idea of “having second thoughts” is generally seen as negative. It’s good to think about things twice, to study the thinking about your thinking. People who blaze forward with all speed without giving a second thought, without being willing to consider other viewpoints or ingest new facts which may change their conclusions… those are the ones you need to be afraid of.
Bolstered by the encouragement of my readers, I rolled up my sleeves and took another crack at the print book. Mew’s emoji speech was difficult to sort out, but in the end I sorted it out. I’m not sure how well it’ll read in black and white, but it’ll be as good as it can be, I suppose. In the end I had a 377 page book, ready to go. I’ll be sorting out some final issues with the eBook version and submitting it to Amazon’s publishing services soon, with the intent of having it on sale in November. It may take some time to squeeze it past all the steps of the publishing process given this is a weird book, sure to trip some automatic warnings about images and formatting, but hey.
As for book two… again, your words have helped guide me. It does seem appropriate that if book one is about culture wars and book three is about the apocalypse, having book two be “a breather” where we see our characters in transition is appropriate. Two full chapters about who they are, what they want, where they’re going… these comparatively quiet moments of introspection are needed before and after the Michael Bay action setpieces. So yes, I do seem to be on the right track. Especially as I’ve decided to add a character to book three to give it some much needed balance, something I can establish here. I may have some additional revamps and edits to 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3 coming in the future to set things up.
However, we’re headed right into a strange corridor of time… Fallout 4 will be releasing soon, and I’m actually taking time off work to play it, that’s how much I love that game series. Then Desert Bus For Hope rolls out and that’ll have a lot of my focus. And then it’s Thanksgiving…
So, don’t expect new FP material until December. Instead I’ll focus on getting the Welcome to Floating Point book out the door in November, and get a hype train rolling for that. You guys can be of TREMENDOUS help there by getting the word out once the book is released… tell your friends, tell your family, tell your frenemies, tie people up and make them read it at gunpoint, maybe not that last one. I lack the zealous fandom following of my youth when the passion of anime otaku carried me to lofty heights; if you’re reading these words right now, you’re in deep enough to make a serious difference.
Good times ahead, I feel. We’re still not at full speed but we’re getting there. I’m ready to move on from personal tragedy and illness and wobbly technology, ready to establish a new level of stability in my life. Ready to write. Will you join me?