There have been moments lately where I find myself wondering if I may be afflicted with GRRM syndrome. GRRM syndrome, for the record, is what I call it when someone gets so bogged down by side projects that the stuff they’ve been promising for fucking ever never shows up, and eventually, everybody gives up. In the case of George R. R. Martin, the condition’s namesake, it’s The Winds of Winter. For The Kovenant, it’s “Aria Galactica”. For me… I was about to say The Hood and the Heroine, but honestly, it’s looking more and more like World War Jade: book 3 of The Jade Blade Legacy is my GRRM syndrome.
In 2011, I wrote the first book in The Jade Blade Legacy: Mahinder’s Grand Tournament. I also wrote another story… And in hindsight, I’d have donated THAT story to the self-publishing experiment. It was a one-shot, and I’d only have to pay half of what I was paying before now. But I went with Jade Blade. The damage is done, and all I can do is learn from my mistakes. And eventually republish what I have under KDP when the 90-day no-republishing clause runs its course.
I wrote book 1 not expecting much. I wrote book 2 the very next year. Then I started writing book 3. I’m sitting on twenty-plus chapters of unspellchecked, unproofread book that isn’t finished, and probably never WILL be finished at the rate I’m going.
In large part, it was due to some side projects in 2014. I’d written something for NaNoWriMo in 2014, and had ambitions of seeing it get for-real-published in 2015. Those ambitions were never met, for the record. 2015, and 2016 (especially 2016) were dedicated to playing with KDP, and at the time, Createspace.
I published HikikoMorey: a novella(?) that forever stands as the single most pretentious thingI’ve ever written. It’s undergone its share of changes (mostly in the area of book covers), but it’s still there, and I guess people like it. I’ve heard nothing about people hating it on Amazon. Then again, I’m not exactly scanning my Amazon page like a hawk.
As 2016 progressed, I put up other stories. I wrote and published both Novellas of Highfill, Kansas. I also put up Charlie’s Chocolate Factory of Unspeakable Horrors, which is probably the one I’m the most proud of. And of course, there’s The Gael Saga. It’s still in progress, and I do plan on finishing it as quickly as possible. So far, so good.
Then I started a podcast.
What started as something to occupy my free time while I waited for cover art. Lately, though, I find I’ve been having fun with it. Even if a grand total of 6 people are listening, and I actually know who 2 of them are in real life. HINT: 2 of them share an account. Honestly, 6 followers was about 4 more than I was expecting.
And just in case that wasn’t enough to occupy the down time I could’ve spent on books, I began streaming recently as well.
The fact I haven’t been trying to stream a lot sooner than now… Well, there’s actually a couple reasons for that.
First of all, I only just recently gotten a hold of a PS4 headset that actually fucking works. Either the PS3 headset isn’t compadible, or my PS3 headset was a piece of crap. Really, I’ll believe either one. Also, while I may be confident enough to put out a story like The Gael Saga, knowing all well there’s references to the counterintuitivity of superheroes in real life, foot fetishism, and a general disdain for corporate billionaires… Being on a mic and playing a video game at the same time is a different story. I honestly didn’t know how The Game Grumps do it, but considering it’s a one man show, I decided that maybe The Spoony Experiment’s Livewire series might be more appropriate research material.
Four videos later, I’ve blown it at Texas Holdem, sent my favorite characters from Darkest Dungeon I’ve been building up and protecting since January to their horrifying gruesome deaths in a quest to find and kill The Shuffling Horror, played some Feist, and celebrated Stone Cold Steve Austin day (3/16). Not everything was particularly successful, but I still had fun doing it, and I still have ideas for how for other possible stream ideas.
So between The Gael Saga, a podcast, and a stream series, I’ve really had no time to work on Jade Blade Legacy lately. I joke around, and say I’m ultimately holding book 3 of that series hostage. Until GRRM finishes The Winds of Winter, you’re never going to see book 3 of Jade Blade. That idea, however, is kind of flawed.
For starters, I don’t have NEARLY the following GRRM does. I really can’t afford to piss a couple people off, even if it’s a joke.
Also, it’s very likely we’ll never see The Winds of Winter. I suppose GRRM’s estate could hand the project over to Brandon Sanderson: the human printing press, and we’d get both The Winds of Winter AND A Dream of Spring in the same year. More than likely, though, I need to quit making the joke, and just get that shit written down when I’m done with Gael.
I have a really bad feeling that these might not end up being the only side projects I do. Whatever the other ones are, who can say? I just know they’re lurking in the horizon.
And yeah, first chance I get, I’m updating the ABOUT ME page with those links.