Usually I like to make a halfway done post when I finished one storyline in the King Henry books. Of course, usually I write one and then the other and when the first is finished it is the halfway point in the writing process.
Not so this time around. To begin, I started writing the mainline earlier due to frustration with the school-line and then the school-line itself was ripped out and turned into "Griefing". So for the first time ever in a FM book I finished the mainline first. Yup, it's done. Well, minus all that hard work editing and you know, the stuff that turns a sketch into a painting but...just let me bask in the sunlight for awhile, damn it!
FM4 currently sits at 18 chapters finished, 3 chapters to go, 421 pages and 108,000 words. As you can guess, the 120k estimate I re-estimated after the original 100k estimate got blown past as well. Now we're looking more like 130k-140k once all is said and done.
I'm really drained after the end of this mainline. It's a very emotional ending. It's also not how Richard Raley would've reacted in the situation but it's very much a King Henry thing to do. I won't tease you any more than that.
So, 3 more chapters, 6-8 weeks of editing and formatting and typo hunting and all that suckage I hate doing, then FM4 will be out. April to June is the estimate (look above to remind yourself how good my estimation skills are) with May again as the most likely date.
After that I'll be going right into finishing "Rockets" and starting on Gush.
And FM5 one day...all I can tell you about FM5 is it's going to be a very fun novel. Mostly because you're all going to be depressed after FM4 and need the pick me up.
Okay, done teasing.
Main Focus #1: Assault on Dread Fortress Paine (Post FM6 Mini Novel) = 61k out of 50k estimate (122%)
Side Focus #2: The Glassbreaker Goes Home (Post FM6 Novella/Mini Novel) = 26k out of 50k estimate (51%)
Back Burner #1: FM7 School Story = 0k out of 80k estimate (0%)
Back Burner #2: Super Secret Awesome Project
Ugly Step Child: Gush (Fantasy Action/Adventure) Novel, First Draft = 21k out of 100k estimate (21%)
Other Stuff I Need to Get To: FM3-FM6 concordance updates