A not particularly pleasant update:
You may be wondering where I've been for the last two months. Issue 26 of Curveball was supposed to come out in September, after all, and here it is almost the end of October and it's turning into another round of "will he or won't he" terms of getting everything ready on time. Well I haven't forgotten or abandoned any of you, but the non-digital world has been very demanding of late.
In August the long-term contract I was working ended. I have been looking for work ever since, but apparently I haven't been looking very well because so far nothing's come of it. I had two strong possibilities: one didn't work out, one is still a possibility but I'm waiting to hear. In the meantime I'm not resting on my laurels, but I'm also not making a whole lot of progress.
At some point very soon I'm going to completely run out of money, and I have no idea what will happen if I get there. I'll be frank, trying to plan for that is terrifying. I don't know precisely what will happen next, and I'm not really looking forward to finding out.
It is an unfortunate but simple truth that so far in my creative career I've depended on my day job to support everything I do here. I don't have that support at the moment, and I'm not suddenly going to become an overnight online success, so my efforts may be even more erratic than they were. I know that's hard to believe, but think of it as me having been preparing you all for this moment for the last twenty years. Heh.
I'm going to try to make sure my Patreon subscribers stay fed in terms of content, because they're paying for it. Eventually it'll come back here, wherever "here" is. If I don't have steady income by the time I have to renew this domain, well, I'll navigate that chasm when I come to it.
And it may be that something will break in my favor very soon, and we'll tough out the month, and everything will be OK. If that happens, then this will be a somewhat embarassing artifact of an unpleasant couple of months, and that's the end of it. However, since many of you have invested time (and in the case of Patreon subscribers, and people who have donated and purchased my ebooks, money) in my work, I felt I owed you heads up.
As I know more, I'll tell you more.