In my last status update, which was rather grim, I mentioned there was one potential lead that might still break my way. Well, I have to pass a background check and a drug test, but assuming I haven't been living a wild double life that I've been hiding from myself with self-inflicted amnesia there's a pretty good chance I'm going to have a job again.
Of course we have to make it to the point where I actually get a paycheck, and I want to thank everyone who has volunteered to help. And in particular I'd like to thank the insane Anonymous Patreon donor, because yikes.
Those of you eagerly waiting for Issue 26 shouldn't have to wait too much longer. Patreon subscribers have already seen rough cuts of Parts one through three. Part Four is in progress.
If paperbacks are more your thing, the Curveball Year Two trade paperback is also immediately available on the CreateSpace and Amazon online stores. It may start showing up in other places eventually, but that tends to take longer. Anyone who purchases the trade paperback on Amazon also gets the Kindle version free through Amazon's Kindle Matchbook program.
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.
There has been a lot of behind-the-scenes activity on the Curveball serial. Some of it has been for Issue 26, which I need to finish up... er... very soon, but a lot more of it has been for Issues 1-24.
I'm working on collecting Issues 13-24 into a Curveball Year Two book. Part of that was getting them actually edited, and I figured that while I was at it I might as well get Issues 1-12 edited, and re-issue Curveball Year One with all-new, cleaned-up text.