Pretty much what it says on the tin – I don’t have Chapter 35 finished yet, and don’t want to rush it and put out something I’m not happy with/something I’d have to pull down to edit later.
Things have been a wee bit… fraught for the last couple of weeks (dayjob ramping up, hobby-related stress, broken dishwasher, broken laptop, illness/disability flare-up, and then, on top of all of that, managing to do something deeply painful to my back/left leg a week or so ago which is only just starting to ease off), so writing has been trickier than I’d like, hence not having managed to keep ahead of my backlog.
At least a few of those stressors are now fixed or in the process of being fixed, and that should help with the others, so this shouldn’t wind up being a long hiatus, but I’ve just hit the wall of ‘no, not managing to get this done before deadline’ and I’m not forcing myself to push through it when what I’d create would be sub-standard.
Don’t worry – I’m not going anywhere, and nor are the Argentum crew (not least because we’re climbing the lift hill towards the climax of Silver in the Ashes, and there’s a good deal more story to come after that). But, as I’ve said above, I want to make sure that I’m putting out chapters that I’m happy with, especially with where we are in the story and what’s going to be happening in the next few in-world days.