That whooshing sound…

If you’ve read the Galaxy Cruise books, you can probably guess that Douglas Adams is one of my greatest literary inspirations. But Adams was a consummate procrastinator, who famously said…

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."

A lot of writers invoke this quote when they miss a deadline, thinking it’s a cheeky way to say “Even our heroes struggle. Everything will be fine.”

I see it a different way.

In 1997 or 1998, I went to the desk at my local Books-A-Million and pre-ordered The Salmon of Doubt. I can’t remember now if it was, at that time, supposed to be a Dirk Gently book or a Hitchhiker’s Guide book. I didn’t care. I just wanted his next book, whatever it was.

Deadlines whooshed past. The release date came and went. In time, that Books-A-Million location went out of business. And in 2001, Douglas Adams died having never finished the book.

There are many ways in which I want to be just like Douglas Adams. This is not one of them.

So I don’t like the whooshing sound. I dread it. I fear it. And that, my friends, is why I have been hyperventilating into a paper bag for about the past month.

My creative process is, what’s the word I’m looking for… oh yeah, ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE. I get an idea for a story and start outlining it. I fumble and fret and curse for about a month trying to make it work, but it will not. Then something finally clicks and it all fits together in two days.

So when I made the schedule for Galaxy Cruise 3, I allowed a solid month and a half for garbage farming. But despite wading through my own brain crap for 40 days and nights, the story didn’t click. And it didn’t click. And it didn’t click. Then it did. Twenty-eight days late.

The good news is, the book is going to be great. The bad news is, you’re going to have to wait for it. At this point, barring me getting my hands on some kind of Limitless drug, the release date of Galaxy Cruise: Trial by Leisure will almost certainly be pushed out to February. I’m sorry for the delay. Trust me, nobody is more disappointed about this than me.

But I promise I won’t die before it’s finished.

But there’s some good news!

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