And so, that day that many of you were probably thinking might never actually come, has come ... almost. Volume 3 of the Underwood and Flinch Chronicles will be called "Blood and Smoke" and it will be a podcast before it's sold as an ebook. This isn't how I wanted to do it - I wanted to write it and sell it as a book before I podcast it (makes sense, no?). However, I have a problem, and that's finding the time to write. I have a day job, and when I get home from work I'm often too pooped to write anything. At the weekends, my wife and I get to do all the things we can't do in the week (which, since moving into our new apartment, is mostly D.I.Y. - putting up shelves and painting and whatnot). All this means that the year is slipping away without that new U&F book I promised you last year - and how can we have a year go by without new U&F? Really? I mean, how?? No, it must happen, and it will happen.
After a few false starts, I wrote most of what currently exists of Blood and Smoke (20,000+ words) on holiday back in February. I've chipped away at it since, but I haven't been able to get into a regular writing habit. So I've done two things: I've cut my hours at work to make time for writing, and I've decided that I'm going to write-to-podcast again, just as I did with the first U&F podcast. Yes, that way of working is difficult, but it makes me work; having thousands of people waiting for the next episode is a massive incentive to write. And I don't doubt that if I hadn't been podcasting the first U&F, I never would have written it - and I certainly wouldn't have finished it. And so, this October (exact date uncertain), the podcasting of Underwood and Flinch: Blood and Smoke will commence.
M.J. Hahn has once again provided some beautiful cover art for the podcast and the ebook (when it comes out - hopefully before the podcast concludes). Massive thanks to M.J. for that, and my thanks to you too, gentle listener, for your patience in waiting for this adventure to begin. Once it starts, podcast episodes will be monthly. I know you'd like 'em faster, but alas that's how long they take to write and record. If you want them faster, buy a thousand or so copies of each of my existing ebooks so I can give up the day job.
And, not only will there be a new podcast, but UnderwoodAndFlinch.com, will also be re-launched, with a new look and in a format that can be accessed easily by mobile phones and other portable devices. My thanks to Jason Andrews for all his work on the new U&F.com, it's slick, cool and will be the must-have mobile phone accessory of the autumn. The site will be launched just ahead of the podcast, so watch this space
But for now, until the Moon rises over Blood and Smoke next month, farewell.