Oh, come on.

Pandora, you did not just serve up “Somebody I Used to Know” while I was working on a prequel scene with Keifon and Kazi. There’s song associations, and then there’s bleeding obviousness. Couldn’t find a song called “Oh No, My Ambitious Ex-Boyfriend is a Giant Bastard Literally and Figuratively”? Give it time, I guess.

THR2/THH Update: SOON.

The sidebar has said that the next book is coming in “April/May” for a while, and we’re nearly through May. I know. But listen. At this stage in my life, I am helped along this vale of tears by some talented folks whom I cannot pay. And I appreciate their efforts too much to carp about timelines.

In other words, the beta readers are still working on it, so it’s out of my hands. I sincerely believe that it’s just around the corner, even with all of my entrenched pessimism.

I’ve poked at it as much as I can at this stage, so as soon as I get some notes back, I’ll pull those together, consider, make more edits, and then we’re good to go. Cover’s ready, blurb is as ready as it’s going to get.

I could put it up for presale now, and if I were a model indie who Does Everything Right, I’d do just that. But I know me, and I know that if I pin the release date to 3 months from now and the beta notes come in tomorrow, I’ll be kicking myself. So it’ll be up when it’s up. Soon.

In the meantime I’ve been rambling around side stuff – story-world stuff / lore, shorts that may or may not go anywhere, one big side project, etc. I’ll see whether anything’s fit to post between now and the release.