Monday, December 26, 2016

No News Is, etc.

Ever hear the saying "no news is good news?"

It's a lie.


Health-wise, I've been doing pretty well for over a year now. So why haven't I finished the next Hunter Chronicles book (or any book for that matter)?

I have no idea.

Well, I have some idea. Okay, a pretty good idea, actually. The problem is, there's a conspiracy of factors and no simple answer. Five years of health problems weren't in my game plan. Book sales didn't exactly carry me through the period either. So I'm playing catch up, financially and otherwise. Trying to survive. My family, it seems, prefers eating over not eating. I've been trying to teach my children to subsist on delicious toast, but sadly I'm no Samuel the Simpleton. Guy could live for like a year on a single piece of sourdough. Crazy.

But I digress.

When will I finish my next book? I don't know. But honestly, if I haven't finished something in the next six months, I'm going to start sending myself hate mail. I know what it's like to fall in love with a series, or even a shy liking, and have to wait years for an author to get around to writing the next book. Now that I'm seeing it from the other side, well, I should probably write some letters of apology. I'm not going to, of course, because seriously, just finish it.

I appreciate the prodding and encouragement. I'll try to blog more, even if all I can share is bad news. At some point, I will have good news. Or some really funny hate mail.


Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you've been going through FIVE YEARS of health problems!! I hope you're in good condition now and always will be. I absolutely LOVE the Hunter Chronicles and am looking forward to the third book very much, but don't rush yourself or feel too pressured because of it. Take the time that you need. You can't rush perfection.(Which is what I think your books are!;)
Happy New Year!

Unknown said...

Hey, your fans will be praying for you and waiting patiently,

kchbgfskjf said...

you are the best i read your first book seven times, and i love everyone time i read it, here in Spain the second book is not published, and i would love put my hands in the second book

Little Buddy said...

Glad to something is happening with the next book. there i said some thing nice, now for the bad. . . . . filth, file filth, stinky head, get to work and get it done or i will fong you (you wont like it). but seriously glad to hear we might actually get to read, it maybe.

CJ Eastman said...

why dont you do a go fund me? itll help with the bills and give your fans for the 3rd book in the series that their asking for. ill gladly give a $100 just to get the third book sooner than later.

AaMom said...

Just wanted to send some words of encouragement. We discovered your books last year (thankfully we haven't had to wait as long as others for the next book...ahem). I was trying to get my son to read some new books and happened across yours (thank you to the book cover artist too). He was so into your story that I read it too (twice). Wonderful details, twists and turns.

We look forward to reading book 3. I've a couple author friends so I see the struggle. Good luck with the balance between writing, life (aka family), health (wishing you great health!) and surviving (paying the bills).

I've requested my library pick up your next book (a couple times) so you do have an audience.

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Anonymous said...

I would just like to tell you, as an avid book lover that your books are the the only ones that I make sure to read at least once a year. Your style and humor is unlike any other. I would like to both thank you and give you my best wishes.

KA said...

Sorry to hear life is throwing you curveballs, but Love your work - tell the whiners to back down as genius and art must take time. I'm amazed you can create such a dynamic and delightfully long story w twists and wit galore. I have a 10 year old son and when he really loves a book he suggests I read it. Maybe you could pair with another author for the third book? You've gotten great reviews from other awesome authors, so just an idea. Wishing you and your family healthy, happy, and able to write more soon, -KA

Unknown said...

It has been 3 years since this here blog and I'm getting a little antsy. I hope Author-san is doing ok. I mean you sir are my childhood hero and if I wasn't for you I would not have found this wonderful world we like to call the imagination. Please come back to us. We miss you

Anonymous said...

As far as I know this blog post is actually the last of what we've heard from Mr. Patten. December of 2016. At this point I'm wondering why his website is still running. The links to his social media accounts on the Return to Exile website lead to accounts over a year more inactive than the website itself, so either he's buried his life as an author, he somehow cannot post anything on any of those sites, or deceased. I'd honestly be shocked if he actually ended up posting anything at all online in his name.

Little Buddy said...

just wanted to say I'm still here and waiting.