“When are you getting back to the Succubus Summoning series?”
I get asked this question a lot. Rather than continue to reply to individual comments and emails I’ll answer it here.
First, some history. A while back, when I was only writing the short horror-porn one-shots, I wrote a little HarryPotter-esque parody where two students at a college for warlocks summoned succubi for some “adult entertainment” and it went horribly wrong. In a rare twist for me, that story ended with one of the protagonists still alive and facing an uncertain fate at the pussies of two sexy succubi. Rather than leave it to the imagination of the reader, I returned to that story and wrote some follow-up chapters, which then became a series, and then a book.
I started a sequel (Succubus Summoning 201) and posted a few chapters online before putting it on hiatus while I untangled some of the plot developments in my head. Back then I planned to write the whole thing as a novel, which would have the advantage of allowing me to go back and fix any obvious screw-ups if I changed my mind on the story. Unfortunately this resulted in Succubus Summoning constantly sitting on the backburner because my novel-writing discipline is abject to say the least.
Last year I figured out where I wanted the plot to go and brought it back off hiatus with the addition of some new chapters. I thought the monthly schedule would give me the push to keep the thing going until completion.
And then A Succubus for Remembrance got in the way. Or rather that and the stories for the forthcoming collection (which I originally planned to put out first, but couldn’t finish in time for its release date). Originally I was hoping to work on both simultaneously, but then time pressure started, deadlines loomed, and Succubus Summoning 201 had to go back on the backburner. That’s the problem with naming collections after certain days of the year – they have to be out by that date. Unfortunately I still have a full-time job eating up my day and I don’t write quickly enough to be able to work on both.
(really I should favour Succubus Summoning, as it sells more than the collections, but I’m a little stupid at these things)
Anyway, to cut a long story short:
I haven’t lost interest in the series, or enthusiasm. I’m not going to abandon it. As soon as I’m done with the next collection I intend going back to Succubus Summoning and working on that until the current arc (201) is finished (there will be future arcs). After that there are some new Jackson in HRPG-World sections I want to write.
I’ll keep working on short stories (my ideas file grows at the rate of two new ideas for every story completed!), but I’m going to wait until I’ve built up a nice stockpile again before I put out another collection as writing specifically for a collection seems to slow me down more than just writing the short stories/chapters that feel like fun to write at the time.
I’m far more productive when I fully embrace ChaosWriting, but that does occasionally fuck up deadlines and the orderly production of new series chapters.
Apologies for the delays for fans of the series. With a bit of luck Phil and his succubi’s adventures will restart Mar/Apr.