Hello to all,
First, I would like to sincerely apology for this extremely overdue update. I will go into some detail as to the events that led to the shameful delay. I do realize that those events are in no way a valid excuse for my lack of transparency. Some of the things I will be posting are of an extremely personal nature, and while I am generally very private on such matters, I certainly owe you all an explanation.
I will say that the project will still be coming, with some changes that I will explain further below.
As many of you are aware, upon the completion of this Kickstarter, I underwent a quadruple bypass surgery that led to a substantial delay in finishing the project as intended. Upon recovery I tried to continue writing the book, which I was writing very quickly when this Kickstarter was conceived, but ran into some difficulties in the creative process due, in part, to my health issues and the long lay-off from the creative momentum I had going before the surgery.
I had, at the time, begun a new work from home job and was experiencing a severe case of writer's block. I had lost track of the original vision and began doubting myself. I eventually chose to just plow ahead and finish the novel with the intention of fixing any problems after I was finished. The result was a confusing, overwrought story that was, despite some very good moments, a terrible piece of storytelling. I convinced myself that this was only a first draft and that it could be repaired.
Already, I was feeling immense guilt and shame over not fulfilling my promise to those that put their faith in the project and was afraid to confront that shame by letting you all in on the poor quality of the first draft.
In the following months, a series of awful life events occurred, including the sudden loss of my younger sister and the deterioration of my relationship with David's mother that led to the mutual decision to end our marriage.
For those concerned, David's mother and I get along fine, better than in years, really, and we are working together to provide David with all the love and support he needs. David now spends plenty of time with us both and as a result of the break up, Boo has more people to love and care for him in two separate homes. While the original transition may have been hard at first, I feel David has adjusted well and continues to be a very happy Boo-Monster.
Things are good now, but I had reached a very dark place at that time and was not sure I could survive the consequences of my consistent personal failings. In the end, everything does happen for a reason. All parties are doing fine and there is no ill will. As always, David, gave me the necessary motivation to carry on when things seemed hopeless.
Returning to the project, I didn't even know how to begin to explain to my backers the events that prevented the project from being fully realized. The longer it took me to update the more embarrassed I was at my lack of transparency.
Substantial changes are being made to the project. The story will be less epic in scope and instead focus on the happy, if some times, frustrating challenges of raising a beautiful little monster with "the distance." Don't get me wrong, there will be plenty of adventures, just not a huge epic tale that forgets the story's original message.
So again, despite being very late, Legends of the Boo-Monster will still happen, and the trying times that forged this new creative space will make the book all the better.
I can not thank you enough for your patience, or apologize enough for the unforgivable delay.