Numb, tired, and jaded.

Has it been two weeks already? Ugh. To be honest with you folks, I’ve completely lost track of time these last several days, and for good reason. I’ve had some health issues over the last month (nothing serious—thanks for asking) that have kicked the shit out of me and left my motivation bleeding in a ditch.

I’m on the mend now, but I’m still somewhat exhausted. I know I said I’d have an update about new fiction soon, but when I wrote that, I honestly expected to be back in the swing of things. So, with little to show for it, here’s where things stand with that new fiction:

I’m about 2500 words into a new story called UGLY LITTLE THINGS, which will be the lead story for that collection I’m planning. I’d like to have that collection done by the end of the year, but that’s just a tentative deadline. To be honest, it’s been years since I’ve written self-contained, short fiction. Everything wants to be a novel—even this new story—and I’m fighting that every step of the way because the next book I work on will be the final chapter of the Monochrome trilogy.

Speaking of which, I’ve considered shelving the collection in favor of jumping into book #3. I’m thinking about that story constantly, working out new plot points and potential themes with which to wrap up Mr. Candle’s journey. I’ve heard from some of you about wanting more of his story sooner rather than later, and I’m entirely conscious of that fact. I don’t want to pull a George R.R. Martin or Stephen King on you and keep you waiting for years. Trust me: I want to be done with this story far more than you do, and for entirely different reasons.

For now, however, I’m in a bit of a funk, and I think that’s mostly got to do with needing some time off. I feel as though I’ve been at it non-stop since October, what with the book release, mini-tour, and online promotions, and I’m just tired. I’ll probably do some giveaways here and there (I still have a small stock of books and T-shirts), but for the most part, I need to step back and recharge. I hit this wall with ALT back in ’11, so I’m not entirely surprised. Promoting a book always kills the fun for me. Being unhealthy while doing the promoting doesn’t help things, either.

I’ll keep posting here from time to time, but for the most part, consider me “on break” for now. Try not to burn the place down while I’m away.

TK

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