I just had another lovely fan reach out to me on Facebook wanting to know when the next book is coming out, so I thought I’d check in publicly.
As of February 17 2019, with the fallout from November’s fourth round of Major Life Shit still dogging me, I’ve stopped promising a release date. I’m about 2/3rds done with a rough draft at this point, and have been stuck there since November. Financial circumstances have meant that I’ve been leaning heavy on freelancing, ghostwriting, and editing, so I wrote 3.5 books last year for other people, which is great. My stuff, for some reason, is just… hard when I’m crying already.
(I’ve had four rounds of Major Life Shit, unfortunately, none of which is public yet, so let’s just say I’ve dug in, I’m not giving up, and we shouldn’t have this big a delay again, God willing. I’m due some quiet.)
If I haven’t said so recently, I’ll say so now – thank you. Thank you to all of you who have reached out, who have encouraged, who have believed in me despite the long hiatus. The fact that you guys continue to read and to care means the world to me. I cherish every email, every message, and every recommendation.
Val Medina says
Great news! Thank you for letting us know <3
Happy to hear that *maybe* things are setting down for you. I’m sorry that you have had those life issues, but that which doesn’t kill us, hopefully makes us stronger. Wishing you happy thoughts and a bit of peace.
Sean Neill says
You are awsome, your books are treasurs, and however long it is before the next novel is released, I’ll be reading it.
Paul Martel says
Well, I just read the March blog post. How are things going, Alex? I’ve had some life and death issues, namely cancer, but it wasn’t too bad. Prostate cancer is one of the most survivable types, they tell me. I took radiation treatment in August, and in a few days, I will see if it worked. I want to live to read some more of your mind space books and other things, of course. I’ve read and listened to all of them, and at age seventy-one, despite having cancer and postherpetic neuralgia, resulting from a horrible case of shingles in my lower regions, I do believe that I have time enough left to read some more of your books once you start writing them again. I am getting better all the time. Looking forward to what will come forth out of the mind and imagination of Alex Hughes. Take care.
Hi Paul, sorry to hear about the cancer. That’s rough. Glad it wasn’t quite as bad as you thought it might be though. Rooting for you and hoping you got good news!
A lot of my personal life shit is winding down to a close these days, later than hoped but I’ll take it. By end of December I should be a lot more stable. The writing brain is already informing me there’s a new series in the hopper, so that’s cool.
Thanks for reaching out. You made my week.
Patricia Roth says
Hi Alex – I hope your holidays were good and were an upper for you after all the Major Life Shit. (I’m stealing that by the way!) I was wondering if you have any plans to ever put all the novellas in a “book” together? I’m looking forward to the next full novel in the series. I found the first one on Audible and the narrator is perfect! Since then, I’ve decided I want to hear them all that way. Here’s to a happy and Healthy 2019!
Isn’t Daniel May (the narrator for the series) amazing? Glad you found and loved the audiobooks. At the moment I don’t have plans to collect the novellas. Some of that is because I’m eventually planning to come back and rewrite Temper. I’ve never been quite happy with it or Cherabino’s tone, which doesn’t quite match up with the voice she had through Adam’s eyes in _Clean_. Major Life Shit ongoing but wrapping up, finally. Hoping your holidays went well. Thanks for writing 🙂
Galen Ro says
I am sorry to hear about the latest round of Major Life Shit (and that is my new catchall phrase for ickyrealife). I loved your books and still check in periodically for moremoremore.
Your books are insanely good.
I hope that it all works out for you and life stops being a jerk.
Thanks. That means a lot 🙂
Gotta say I check in here periodically to see if another book will be coming out. I too found them on Audible and fell in love. Would adore the novellas as a single book at some point so I can listen to them all.
Keep your head above the Major Life Shit. I know there are a bunch of us that can’t wait for another book. I just keep re-listening to your existing ones.
So sorry to hear of the malign influences the universe has been sending against you. You are one of two favorite authors who have disappeared from the writing scene in recent years. I heard the other gave up in frustration.
I am so glad you are still writing and hope you will be back to your own stories in the future. Yours is a unique voice in a very crowded field. I have read all of your Mindspace works with great enjoyment. All my best wishes.
Sean Neill says
You are a permanent fixture on my ‘must read list’; be the release this year or a decade hence. Best of luck to you Alex
SF reviewer Damon Knight (not James Blish, as I thought) wrote rather dismissively, ‘[Jack] Williamson began each story by putting his hero in approximately the position of a seventy-year-old paralytic in a plaster cast who is required to do battle with a saber-tooth tiger–and…kept him in the same predicament throughout the story, only adding an extra fang from time to time.’ This is not what you do, but the seldom-relieved accumulation of weariness, pain, and jonesing has some of the same emotional effect on me and, though the end of Vacant helped, I really really REALLY want to see a fifth volume (or sixth, if need be) where the indomitable Wade finally pulls himself out from under the Fiske millstone.
Of course, that might leave you without an encore, but still…closure, closure, closure!
Naturally, I also want to see you out from under the Major Life Shit so you can write it. Good luck! And thank you for what you’ve given us so far.
P.S. Just scrolled down and learned of Fluid and Temper. I must read them but it seems that Fiske remains untouched. Aw.