Hello Sinister Gardeners,

You may have noted that there has been a pause in things on here more recently. I do have to apologize for not addressing this earlier. There’s quite a bit going on behind the scenes here, some of it better than not but all of it is stressful and it’s caught up to me in ways I hadn’t counted on. I don’t want to be too vague on this so I’m going to explain briefly what’s going on and what to expect.

First of all, obviously the story is put on pause. Prior to the murder of George Floyd and all the fall out from his death, I had been able to keep up a bit more of a tight schedule to get the story pieces done. I am working on another, much larger project that I’m going to be announcing full details on next month, and I was working on this at the same time. During that time, I did decide to take a pause and not be bombarding people with my own social media presence when I could be using what little platform I have to try to find resources and spread the word about events and other information to help change what is going on both in the US and here in Canada. And while I don’t regret it at all, I did end up blowing my schedule out of the water and I am now in a position where I am out of written material to post ahead of time. While this story is not that taxing to tell, it’s something that still takes time and even without the massive changes going on around us, it turns out that time is something I would run short on anyway.

Long before the pandemic started, I had been preparing to release another book and hoped to do so this year. I am getting assistance this time around through Friesen Press and I am hoping that this means that I’ll be able to get more copies, especially physical copies, into the hands of readers. This is something I’ve been planning since last year and I had hoped to get everything going long before I actually did. Then lockdown happened and I was faced with the choice of waiting until I was back at my day job to start or taking a large financial risk and doing it while I was still not working. Given that I had wanted to launch everything this year, I had initially wanted to get started around March or April but, again, quarantine happened. And I haven’t heard from my job in months now. So, with no job under me currently, I finally decided to take the risk and I am now working with Friesen to get a book ready.

None of this is a bad thing but what it does mean is that I am now under the gun to get that manuscript edited and I’m under a pretty tight deadline if I’m going to get the book out when I wanted to. This means that the book has to be my main focus, even if I want to take a break or work on anything else. At this time, I’m about a third of the way through the manuscript and I’ll be done, hopefully, within about a week and a half. Anyone who is wanting to know more can chat with me and I’ll be keeping people updated on the book as it develops anyway. That said, this was not something I had anticipated when I started writing this story and it means that I’ve had to park it for a while before I can get back to it. And again, I have a much larger, looming project that I’m about two months or less away from launching that I have been forced to put on the back burner too. All this translates to the fact that currently, I am kind of drowning in things that all needed my attention yesterday and I am doing my best to try to keep up.

And that also brings me to the two stories that I’ve had going on this site. Once things are cooled down, I want to finish the summer story. It’s not that taxing and I think it’s a cute way to talk about summer monsters. I’m a bit more concerned, however, about Young Bucks.

When I began writing that, I didn’t necessarily know where I was going with it and when it took a twist into the alternate timeline, I hadn’t really prepared for that. I will say that I kind of knew where the story would end up but I didn’t plan for the alternate history part and I am feeling a bit wary about finishing that story right now. I don’t feel like I’m necessarily being offensive with the tale but I also don’t want to run the risk of someone thinking that this is out of line. I get that it’s fantasy but it might also be stepping on or denying someone else’s history and I feel like that could really be hurtful to a lot of people who are already feeling stepped on or forgotten. Also, I feel like that world is kind of a big one and deserves more of my time and attention to properly develop. I really don’t like the prospect of abandoning things but in truth, I’m not sure how to proceed and the whole point is to create a story that everyone could enjoy. I’m open to suggestions and if there’s someone out there who loves this story and wants to see the end of it, I am willing to see what I can do and how I can make sure that it is going to be the story that I wanted to tell and not one that hurts people. Please let me know what you think.

And with that, I very much apologize for the radio silence. As I said, I am going to be working my hardest to get everything sorted so that I am able to finish everything for you soon. I very much encourage people to let me know what they think, what they like, what they don’t like and what I can change. I admit that there might be limited things I can do for the moment, given everything I’m currently tackling, but I’ll do my level best to try.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!


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