The first sequel to Ghosts and Tea is finally done, currently clocking in at 49,135 words. That number will definitely change and increase, and I'll make sure the final length won't go past 50K. I always try to maximize the story length to ensure readers get their 99 cents' worth (ha!), and that's also a great exercise in limiting myself in the face of temptation to expand unnecessarily. I opted to reduce my current and future output to no more than 50K for a very good reason, brevity without sacrificing complexity being my primary goal.
And so to mark this special occasion, here's a celebratory video (which is my tradition whenever I finish a book's first draft):
Behold the cheese! Embrace the cheese!
In the course of finishing the last four chapters of The Heart of Ameinias, I had to set aside The House of Ash for two weekends in a row so I could focus completely on this book. But I'll be back to work on that next week alongside the revisions and edits for this book, which I expect won't be too much trouble since I've already done a lot of revisions and edits along the way.
This book will be out on June 1 in both e-book and print, and I already have the germ of a plot for the next sequel as well as the next Grotesqueries book following The House of Ash. In that instance, I actually have two story ideas vying for attention, but only one will win out, and the other will have to wait.
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