One of the things I'm discovering about ending the first book of a series on a cliffhanger is that for some strange reason, people really want to know when the next book is coming out. It's like I ended the story with my hero about to crash into a zombie infested wasteland or something.
Which is, of course, great. Not that I take great pleasure in torturing my readers, (The same can't be said of my characters) but that they like the story so much.
So, this is me, burning the midnight oil and writing until 5:30 AM in the hope that I'll have ZS: Odyssey ready to go by July 1. Granted, I'm being wildly optimistic, but I have a terrific proofreader and this isn't my first novel so I'm pretty confident I can pull that off.
Okay, so how far along am I? Tonight saw me break the 40K mark on wordcount. To give you a better idea of what that means in terms of "How close to done are you, damn it!!?", ZS: Exodus was just shy of 70K words long. It was also 15 chapters long, and tonight, I just ended chapter 6. So, tonight puts me about halfway done.
ZS: Odyssey is going to be a little longer than Exodus, I know that. We're going to see a couple of different kinds of infected, and you'll learn a little more about the Asura virus. We'll also learn a little more about Dave, or course, and more importantly, Dave will learn some things about himself.
I'll try to post a snippet later this week.