I’ve been playing video games for years…a lot of years. I’m not an amazing gamer, I certainly don’t have those twitchy reflexes of a 20-year-old, but I’m good enough at some games that I don’t get overly frustrated with them. To me, gaming has always been a social thing. I put on the headset, grab a drink and a cigar, and spend the evening shooting friends and talking trash. That little beat-down, whether it is mine or theirs, always makes my week better.
Or even worse, a game developer releases a game ‘on time’ and the game is full of bugs. Several patches later, it runs like it should – which is basically the same as releasing the game late. I’ve never understood this. I thought it was bad business, even though I still bought the games. It frustrated me to no end, even though I’d play the games until there was nothing left of my computer but a few smoking chips. At the time, I just couldn’t imagine doing this.
Then I began working on my second fantasy novel, which I’m calling Angst 2 for now. I was sure it’d be done by the end of the year. While it’s possible that the rough draft will be done by the end of the year, the book won’t be ready for release. How did this happen!!!??? I did the same thing that Epic has done in the past, and I should have known better. Though I’ve never given an exact release date, I completely underestimated when I will wrap up Angst 2.
With all of this in mind, it’s nearly impossible to come up with an exact date when the book will be done. After some late releases, a lot of gaming companies have been reluctant to set game release dates and merely say they will be released when they are ready. I should have followed this path. I really pushed to complete Angst 2 within a year of the first book, but this one is going to be a little…meatier than the first. While Angst (1) could easily stand on its own, Angst 2 is going to be a part of something bigger. It’s exciting, and it’s going to be a fun Angsty ride – I can’t wait to share!!!
Angst 2 may take longer than I had projected, but it will be worth the wait. As for when, I guess I have to when it’s ready, hopefully soon.