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Just finished Sadia and am anxious for the final book so I can see how Milton and Marlo (and Lucky) fare. Any info on the last installment?
I am so sorry that my books (or lack thereof) bring about anxiety. In the case of post-Sadia, pre-Dupli-City anxiety, I suggest the following:
1) Sit still in a dimly lit room
2) Close your eyes (this is assuming that the dimly lit room you are in is safe, otherwise closing your eyes could put you at risk)
3) Breathe deeply.
4) Think about your happy place
5) Be sure that your happy place is not a freeway and that you are not currently sitting in your happy place (a freeway)
6) STOP THINKING ABOUT FREEWAYS!
7) There is currently no Step 7
8) After calming down, get all of your friends to buy 10 copies (each) of my Circles of Heck books
9) Have each of these friends convince THEIR friends to buy 10 copies (each) of my Circles of Heck books
10) I will, at some point, sell enough books that I will be BEGGED by a BIG BOOK PUBLISHER to WRITE THE VERY LAST CIRCLE OF HECK BOOK! (sorry…my all-caps got stuck because I was eating jelly with my bare hands)
So…yeah, if enough people buy my books then there will be enough interest for me to take the time required to write Dupli-City: The Ninth (and Final) Circle of Heck!
Thanks again for your note!
Oh yes, you know how much us Californians love freeways. That’s why we build so many and spend so much time on them. We just can’t get enough.
So you probably don’t want to know that I bought all but book 8 used…. I’m a teacher in Silicon Valley. (Btw, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a few of my current darlings sentenced to Heck. The boss would have a heck of a time figuring out which circle to send them to, though.)
I shared book 1 with a coworker who is reading it with her daughter. They’re working through it slowly but enjoying it. They might eventually make it to book 2.
Whoops…I had my sarcasm filter on, so I couldn’t make out the first paragraph…ah, there we go…yes, freeways…such an ironically named invention.
And, sure, while it would probably help pay off that summer home in Nice if you had bought shiny new Heck books, I get it. At least you bought some, am I right!? And thanks so much for the “missionary” work of spread the good/bad word with your co-workers! One fragile mind at a time…
Take care and you really shouldn’t post blog replies while driving, even if you ARE stuck in traffic.
Hi there. Do you have any plans on making your 4-8 circles of Heck into audiobooks? They are super fantastic to read on my commute to and from work.
Hi Krista! More Heck audiobooks? You and me both! Unfortunately, like so many things in our society, it’s all about the moolah. The green stuff. And money, too. Books 4-8 simply haven’t sold enough to make it worth it to the Powers That Be to provide audio versions. Maybe I should just read them aloud, but then people would have to listen to me reading aloud. In any case, thanks for your interest. And who knows? Heck springs eternal. Best, Dale
Mu visual interpretation of Bubb is ‘goat’esque with an elegant figure. She’s always been my favorite character in the books because she acts mean but has a sort of nice demeanor that comes out when someone gets on her good side(or maybe her bad side)
Hi Ashlyn! Yes, definitely like a decomposing goat with ample access to food. I don’t know if she has a “nice” demeanor, exactly, but—as the series progresses—you at least can see why she is the way she is in many cases.
Any further updates on Dupli-City? I’ve done my part! I own a copy of books 1-8, and I’ve gifted 1-8 to two nephews, and a niece! So I’m in for 32 individual copies! Not quite the 10,000 you’re hoping for, but it’s a start.
I really hope that this series doesn’t die on a cliffhanger, like so many TV shows the networks have given up on. There is too much unfinished-ness in this world!
Hi Jeff. No further updates yet. I should know something early this summer. Me finishing the series really depends on whether Heck is picked up as a cartoon. Otherwise, there isn’t really the interest for me to commit…though, that said, I hate it when a series or show is building towards something then dies before it can wrap things up. It’s just a logistical issue. I work too much to really have the time to write a book unless someone is clamoring for it, then I can carve out the time. And THANK YOU for buying so many freaking books! That’s INSANE and I LOVE IT!
Clamor Clamor Clamor!
It’s difficult to believe there’s so little demand. It’s such a great world you’ve shared with us. So much humor, done in such an intelligent manner. It’s a shame this series hasn’t reached a broader audience.
Well, here’s to hoping that the animated series gets picked up! (Try Netflix, they just raised prices again, and they seem to put out a hundred new shows a month). Oh, and if, nay – when, it gets picked up, please don’t pull a George R R Martin! Come on, Winds of Winter!
Oh, sorry, got distracted!
Ah, such a clamorous life I lead! I truly appreciate your comments. They are very heartening. While it’s pointless to reexamine the past, in retrospect I would have spent more time upfront plotting the series (the only thing I knew with any certainty is that each book would introduce a new circle) which would have saved some frustration, and perhaps some series “bloat”. It’s really hard to avoid that because you get deeper into the world and the characters. Plus there’s the dense tone…so some of those factors might have affected Heck’s popularity. And, yes: I’m shooting for Netflix! And I will never pull a George RR Martin…that seems terrifying.
I will also clamor for a potential cartoon.
Yay! That makes me as happy as a clamorer!
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