I guess it's time for another update on how I'm doing, health-wise and with regard to my books.
As most of you know, I've been fighting to do a "hard reset" on my health with the aid of a fasting, liquid-only diet. I wrote about it in early March, and again later that month. I'm pleased to report that progress is slow, but steady. A lot of my critical health statistics are showing improvement, and provided I can keep up the pace, I expect that to continue. Of course, it's not easy keeping it up! Doing without solid food for five to six days at a time, then a brief pause over the weekend, then another five or six days, is pretty hard. One's body doesn't like being deprived of its normal nutrition, and it proceeds to grab hold of every spare calorie it can find and refuse to let it go! Weight loss is a bit topsy-turvy due to that. Even so, I've lost forty pounds so far, and the next target (by the end of May, God willing) is fifty pounds down. Slow and steady is the way forward, I guess.
Sadly, that extreme liquid fast/diet exerts its own penalty. It may be good for health measurements, but it deprives my body of a lot of energy, meaning that I'm more tired than usual and less able to exert myself physically. That also translates into slower output when it comes to my books in progress. Even so, there's progress to report there too.
The first draft of the sixth book in the Maxwell Saga, "Venom Strike", has now been completed and sent off to alpha readers.
I've asked them to spend more time and take more trouble over their feedback than usual, thanks to the difficulties under which I've been laboring: I'd like to catch as many problems as possible at an early stage, rather than inflict them on my fans. I expect to have feedback from all of them by the end of the month, at which time I'll revise the manuscript and send it to beta readers for a quick once-over. God willing, it should be published soon thereafter.
The first draft of the first volume of my Civil War naval trilogy, "The Slumbering Guns Awake", is almost complete, and will go out to alpha readers in June. I expect it to be ready for publication during July or August.
So, as you can see, there's progress to report. Thanks for your patience in waiting so long for the next books to arrive. I'll continue to plug away at more of them as and when I have the energy to do so, and I hope that situation will continue to improve along with my overall health.