So Just a quick update about where I’m at, what I’m working on, etc.
I’ve been doing a lot since Odyssey. None of it has been the King Callie sequel, and I don’t think it will be for a while.
The MG draft (a.k.a Goat Poop Mechas) is done; I moved on to a Fantasy YA series hereafter known as Fairy Law. I’m about 80% done with that. It’s taken a while because I’m also managing a job search at the same time, the stress has been distracting, and it’s been a tricky novel to write.
I’ve written multiple short story drafts, and I’ve got one completed short story in the Merely This And Nothing More Poe-punk anthology . It’s called “Silence, Stillness, Night”, and it’s a candlepunk retelling of Pit and the Pendulum.
I’m also working on a random short horror film screenplay. But all of this comes back to two things: 1) I need to finish Fairy Law before I get into Goat Poop Mechas. And 2) There will not be a second Callie book for some time.
I really got burned out on King Callie. There were a spat of bad reviews on Netgalley (which I found out later wasn’t kind to some of my other favorite authors, and tempered my reactions), and I spent two years writing it in different forms, pushing GPM and FL to the background. And to be honest, I wanted to write those more, but not as much as I wanted to have something PUBLISHED and done.
It was also a ton of work for not a lot of return. If I can sell either GPM or FL, that does infinitely more for my career as a writer than a second Callie book.
So I’m giving myself a breather, and I’m going to finish, edit, and kick those two out the door before considering my next options for projects. I’m really excited about GPM and FL, and while they’re not more Callie, I think you’ll enjoy them all the same. I apologize for the crazy cliffhanger at the end of Book 1 and not following up. It was just too much.
But when I do come back to the Callieverse, I’ll have leveled up significantly. So you can expect a killer book 2.