4 or more years ago I tried to write the 3rd installment to the Owen Hunter Series. Here’s the thing, I failed. I’m still trying to get it done. The 2nd book left on a major cliffhanger. Listen, I promise I’m not beating myself up here. I’m just acknowledging a flaw in my original plan. And I haven’t given up. Time is a funny and tricky experience for us all.
If you read those books, you either really enjoyed them or really had mixed feelings. I get it. It’s okay. That story is difficult to follow in some ways. I’m hoping to make clarity in the third book. It’s been a loooooong slog. Oh well, thems the breaks.
Listen, I didn’t have a plan with this story the way I had originally thought. I knew how it began and I knew how it ended, but what I did not know is how fucking long the whole endeavor would take to write out. At first I didn’t much care for the main character. He got good in parts, and then he fell into the background. Sometimes that shit happens. What can I say? I’m certainly not perfect. The writing was passing fair, nothing exceptional, and won’t be winning any awards (that I know of). When it’s all said and done–and oh boy yes, I sure as hell intend to finish this series if it takes the rest of my life–the story will be full and complete and make sense.
As far as I’m concerned the story made sense all along. There are some people who left reviews saying it was confusing and terrible and horrifying (but not because, you know, the contents were striking fear in the reader’s hearts) but I don’t care. I don’t really care that they thought that or said that. Or do I? I’m bringing it up, aren’t I? Do I protest too much?
I’m simply pointing it out. Some people I knew were kind enough to read it, and I did get some honest feedback from friends of friends who actually enjoy those books. And those are the people I hope to please when this whole 3rd book is done. And I’m not going to rest on my laurels with this. I’m not going to phone it in. I’m not going to pretend it never had a chance and just give up on it. I thought about it, I’ll be honest. I definitely considered just pulling the plug on it altogether. Get rid of the series. Go back to the drawing board and that would be that. But no. No fucking way. I’m not giving up that easy. I’m just being straight up. It will take as long as it takes. And I hope that isn’t too much longer.
No, it won’t be ready this year. I’m still writing it this year. As fast as the tips of my little fingers can get me to the end. But it also has to be right. And for that to happen, it’s going to take a major push on my part. And that’s what’s happening.
If you think it’s easy to write a book, go ahead and write your own, publish it, and see how well it does (or doesn’t) do.
Anyway, I’m clearly here just stalling, but that’s ok. I’ve got time. So do you. Plenty to read out there. I’ll definitely let you know when it’s ready.