Well, I'll say right away that I'm not done. I have a bit over 40,000 words of material, my editor/agent is really excited about my work, but it's not a book yet. The pieces I've written need to be stitched together and there are still a few missing from the tale. I'm disappointed with myself for not meeting my own timeline in spite of the schedule I held myself to, but maybe the short side of three months was overly ambitious for a project like this.
This doesn't mean I'm stopping my work, however. Far from it. Not only do I owe you loyal backers a book, but I am determined to see this through. Given the existence of certain bestsellers and the interest they've piqued in the mainstream populace, Wishes Were Horses absolutely needs to happen, and happen as soon as I can get it out there. I don't want to be overly critical of a certain author who has seen far more success than I ever will, but other voices need to be heard. Now is the time, and I have the experiences to provide a true account of kinky relationships and the subtleties that came with them. For you, for myself, and for everyone, this project will be completed.
On the advice of my editor, I've decided to give this project the time it needs rather than trying to throw together something of poor quality in the next week. That doesn't mean I'm going to relax my efforts, just that I am going to see the book to it's true completion, rather than throwing together a sorry excuse for a manuscript. Classes start for me next week, but it is my intent to keep writing regularly. Until this book is done, my life is classes and Wishes Were Horses. I confess that the pace of my writing slowed when I lost my computer and I encountered some fatigue towards the end of August along with a fair degree of anxiety about my progress that didn't make things easier. I appreciate that you guys are still paying attention to me, but don't worry that I've forgotten. I've so thoroughly not forgotten that sleep has become a challenge as I ruminate over the incessent forward march of time and the fact that I am behind. Motivation is less of an issue for me than not driving myself so crazy that it impacts my work.
That said, you all were expecting to have a book to read soon, and I won't be delivering it on time. I don't feel good about that. If there were something not too time consuming that I could offer everyone who backed me in addition to their reward package, what would you guys want? If I can come up with something good that won't delay the book even more, I'd like to enhance your rewards to compensate for my tardiness. I am indescribably grateful for your support, and don't want there to be any mistake about that.
I appreciate your patience and continued support, so what say you, dear backers? Is there something small you'd like that I could give you?