01 Apr Happy April Fool’s Day
I’ve been asked to provide an update, if for no other reason than to let you know I’m still alive. I am. Yeay! I’m also still writing. Double yeay! (No, that’s not an April Fool’s prank.)
While I am now writing full-time, I am currently working on several projects, not just KDT. I know, I know. You’re all screaming, “Just give us the third book!” Here’s some of what’s happening.
A number of years ago, I started working on a Ph.D. in geosciences. I spent countless hours in coursework, research, and laboratories. Summer and winter breaks were not spent lounging on the beach or binge watching Game of Thrones (which I still haven’t had the chance to watch/read, so no spoilers!). No, I was in the field far, far away from civilization, almost completely cut off from society for weeks at a time. Yes, there are still places on this planet without internet or cell phone coverage!😲
I endured the physical and emotional rigors of traveling both domestically and internationally, not only to perform said research, but also to stand beside posters and at podiums presenting to rooms full of scientists with far more experience. These were exciting times but also stressful, and I had to swallow the pain of spending much of it away from my child. All of my degree requirements were completed except for the dissertation. Five years and a combined $100K in student debt later, I ran out of funding and was left without a job. Sorry, no Ph.D. for you!
Did I mention I’m a single parent? Financial woes. Two years worth of job searches yielded only a bit of part-time teaching at college. A masters degree in geosciences means little when the market is saturated with job seekers laid off by a struggling oil industry.
I could not sit idly, though. I began writing to fill the time and perhaps to escape for a while from my unproductive despair. I was nearly finished with the first installment of a story when someone started nagging me for attention. He was relentless. He was fantastic, brutal, brilliant, and utterly clueless. The others were silly and made me laugh. I had to write them down before they disappeared forever. Far from the path of my derailed dreams emerged King’s Dark Tidings.
While I am still working diligently on KDT, thanks to your support and appreciation of this series, I can afford to finish my doctoral program before time runs out and all my hard work (and money!) is wasted. Some of you may be frustrated that I cannot focus on KDT 100% of the time. You’ll have to trust me when I say it’s better this way. I am far more productive when I reach a balance between my analytical/logical mind and my creative one. I am capable of working on multiple projects at once.
I may be providing you with an entertaining story, but your readership is helping me to achieve my dreams.
JamesPosted at 12:13h, 01 April
Good luck with your dissertation! It’s good to hear you are back at it again.
Andrew TobinPosted at 11:18h, 01 April
Like the others, big fan and glad you’re doing something for yourself. I can’t imagine the author who wrote the first two books wouldn’t be driven to write the next, so if you need time to do what you need to stay happy, healthy, and sane – then so be it 🙂
I would advise not writing out another estimated date though 😉 The monthly updates are great, and I look forward to the book when it comes 🙂
Kel KadePosted at 22:41h, 08 May
I don’t claim sanity, but I’ll certainly work to keep up with the rest. I’m finding time to work on the book and the doctorate, so you won’t be left hanging. Thanks for your support.
luc paoliPosted at 11:12h, 01 April
I’m so glad our appreciation for this series has let you finish your dissertation. I cannot wait for the third book, but for our sake do not burn yourself out. Best of wishes, a fan
IuriiPosted at 10:08h, 01 April
Children and science are way more important then writing a fictional book. I would set my priorities the same way. Consumers these days are so impatient and pushy.
ce0u40f2Posted at 10:03h, 01 April
Is there any support we can offer to help with ever of you projects? I know from experience that splitting you efforts can be challenging.
LoganPosted at 10:02h, 01 April
Go get it Kel. We can wait.