So I wanted to put up the Halloween main page in time for Halloween this year. But, dang it, the characters were in such peril at that time that switching the main page from "Oppressive A.I." to "Pumpkin King" seemed a little too off-tone. But I like it so I'm running the Halloween decorations from November 4th to November 10th. And Defenders, check out my Pumpkins this year!
"So that's Halloween in November. What's Christmas in January?"
Well that has to do with Book 19, "BROKEN". I finished everything except for the bonus content, and that's tricky because of the nature of the story, dark and relentless once it gets going. I feel a need to add some bonus content but am stuck on the concept stage.
From a practical point of view, I think it's doubtful that I'll be able to get Book 19 to the printer, have it turned around in 30 days, send the Defenders20+ the books I owe them, open the store, and sell copies to you all that would arrive before Christmas. But I think and hope the book will release sometime in December and reach you all in January. I have not yet figured out how this will effect when the Sluggy Store will reopen.
It's really taken me over a year to get the hang of this new way of doing Sluggy Freelance. I'd keep getting epiphanys on how to embrace the new freedoms, but still kept finding new ways to trap myself. Twenty years of constant midnight deadlines are apparently hard to shrug off! In previous years, missing a holiday release would put a ton of stress and guilt on my shoulders. I am SO thankful that I don't have to feel that anymore, even if it's taken over a year for my brain to realize it. It's OK if I miss a holiday deadline. I'm still going for books 20, 21, and 22 in 2019! And Book 19, "BROKEN" will be not too late, and everything will be fine. And I can be less stressed, and focus on some personal aspects of my life that demand my attention, such as the health of loved ones. I think I might just get it, at last!