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Just a quick update on the schedule (again *sigh*). Sorry about all these erratic postings. I knew November was going to get busy, that’s why I so wanted to finish Book Six in October. But alas, here we are. I’m right in the middle of what should be the first of the final two episodes… but I’m not ready to post yet. I will try to finish it up this week. I just ask for your patience while I’m juggling around too many ‘real world’ obligations at the moment. Not to worry though, I am getting it finished, it’s just hard to find time to write in the middle of my busy-ass schedule. Again, my apologies ;)

-Scott

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Just a quick update on the schedule. Until the completion of Book Six, I will be posting new episodes on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Sorry for the change.

I hope you all had a great Halloween ;)

-Scott

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Hello everyone. Just wanted to give you a quick update on postings this week. I’ve been busting my ass trying to get this finale chapter done. I wanted it finished by Halloween, but alas, that just isn’t happening.

I won’t be posting today. I’m going to post on Wednesday and Thursday this week, and possibly a double posting on Halloween (fingers crossed). I already have two episodes but I want the extra time to push and get the third one done, too. As far as the schedule for next week, I’ll keep you posted. This week is already getting busy for me.

Other than that, last word count I had for Book Six was 270,000 words, officially making it the longest book in the series (and that just keeps happening with each new book… lol).

Well, back to work. See you Wednesday and I hope you all have awesome shit planned for Halloween.

-Scott

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Hey, everyone. Just a quick check in for the month of October. We are now into the final chapter of Book Six, Mother. I’m looking forward to completing this very challenging volume with all of you. There’s been so much happening in this book with a lot of surprises that even I didn’t see coming… lol. I am currently writing like a madman to get this final chapter completed. I’m estimating eight episodes with a finale set for Halloween night (and that’s fitting since I started Book Six on Halloween last year). I think that even if this runs over eight episodes, I’ll still post the finale on Halloween and just post extra episodes to get us there.

Judging by what’s coming out in the writing, it looks like each of these final episodes are going to be what I call ‘mega episodes’, which means they might all run significantly longer than usual.

Speaking of long, Book Six has officially become the new longest book in this series (gee… surprise, surprise), already clocking in at over 260,000 words.

Aside from that, and everything else that I can’t tell you, I’m still planning on jumping right into Book Seven as soon as this volume is complete. As far as a Book Seven release date, all I can say at the moment is that it will probably be Spring 2020. But I’ll know more on that later.

For now, I hope you enjoy this last chapter and thanks for sticking with me through this incredibly long saga into The Dark.

-Scott

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It’s been a couple of months since my last update. Been busy writing. Well, we’ve just finished Chapter 53, which turned out to be another long one clocking in at over 48,000 words (second longest chapter in the entire series). I swear, every chapter is starting to feel like its own novella… lol. Anyway, the grand total for Book Six at this point is 240,000 words plus. By the conclusion of this book I suspect that Book Six will take over as the new longest book in the series (and that seems to be the trend since Book Three).

I apologize for another brief delay before posting the final chapter. As I’ve said above, each one of these chapters is feeling like its own story within a story and it takes a lot out of me to plan, plot and write each chapter. Rather than rush to meet online deadlines, I would rather take a couple of weeks and make sure everything’s right… especially for the Book Six finale.

There has been a whole lot happening in this book. I always knew this volume was going to be the most challenging to tackle in this series since I dubbed this one as the ‘Origin Story’. But now, the end of this part of the journey is almost upon us and I’m excited to see what comes out in the finale chapter. Writing this book has brought out all kinds of surprises I didn’t see coming, as well as paving the way for the final two books that are pending. I love it when this story takes on a life of it’s own and catches me off-guard. Those surprises along the way reinvigorate me every time, motivating me to explore new paths rather than forcing the story to stay within the confines of a plotline. I am delighted by what has been revealed to me in this book.

Well, obviously I can’t talk about anything that’s happening in the final chapter, but I can tell you that it will not end with a cliffhanger going in to Book Seven. No, this will wrap up the second long leg in this journey, clearing the way for the final two-book run to the finish line.

As far as what happens after… Book Seven is already in the planning stages and I intend on jumping right into the writing of it following the conclusion of Book Six. It will still be titled, Book Seven: The Prophet… a that’s all I can say right now. I also know the title for the last book in this long series, but I’m going to keep that to myself for a while.

Chapter 54: Treachery, will start on Monday, October 7th. If I can have it my way, I would love to post the final episode on Halloween since Book Six premiered on Halloween last year. Man this has been a long book… lol. Time will tell ;)

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. As always, thanks for reading, and I look forward to jumping into the conclusion of Book Six with you in a couple of weeks.

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Well, we’re one episode away from reaching the end of the second arc in what’s turning out to be another long book in this series… lol. To date, we’ve already clocked in over 190,000 words for Book Six with one final ‘Mother’ arc to delve into.

At this time, I’ve decided to take a short summer break before jumping back into the final arc of Book Six. There’s quite a lot of story left to cover in this last arc and I need the time to get it ready. The New Cleveland arc will conclude on Friday. Book Six: Mother will finish with the final arc, starting Monday, August 19th.

As for what’s coming down in the final arc, we will be returning to Meredith, Stephen, Logan and Megan, six weeks after we heard from them last. This will catch up their timeline with the New Cleveland arc. As far as what’s been happening with them, they’ve been on the move trying to keep Meredith hidden from Toby’s dark forces out to find her. I can’t mention much more without stepping into spoiler territory, but there will be an included backstory showing us Meredith’s relationship with Frank Carman.

On the other side of this final arc, we will also find out what happened to Gina after she flew away on a helicopter to join Clementine out on that Mother-run island.

Beyond the conclusion of Book Six, I’m going to jump right in to writing Book Seven, which is titled, The Prophet. Can’t say much about that right now, except that Book Seven is the first of two final books that will finish this long series. More on that later.

On a side note, if you haven’t heard already, The Walking Dead comic book series just finished recently. The reason I bring this up is that when you’re writing a story as long as my series has become, you look to similar stories that have run a while as a sort of ‘benchmark’ for how others have ended their long apocalypse tales to gauge the readers’ reactions to said endings.

I’m not going to spoil the plot details on how Robert Kirkman ended his series, but it was interesting how he approached it. Apparently, he knew how his story was going to end for some time now, and he chose to surprise the readers with it by keeping the final issue a secret. Kirkman felt that, like the many characters in his story that had surprising deaths, the conclusion of The Walking Dead comic book series should be just as surprising.

I’m torn about how he ended his series like that. Part of me gets it, while another part of me thinks he cheated by not announcing the end of his series. To me, by doing what he did, he went around the building expectation that comes with the ending of a story, especially a long one, by abruptly surprising his readers with it.

Anyway, this just got me thinking about the ending of my series, which I will be staring in the face starting in the next book. It got me thinking about how difficult it’s going to be to satisfy reader expectations for something this big that’s run as long as it has. One thing I will definitely not be doing is surprising you with some sudden ending. You will know in advance when the end is near. I can promise you that right now. As far as expectations go, whether it’s the readers or my own, I will endeavor to end Don’t Feed The Dark in the way it started… with the characters’ stories being the most important part of this long, dark tale. Aside from that, I’m not going to worry about expectations. I’ve never hit a point in the writing of this tale where I felt that I had run out of story and had to make up ‘filler’ just to keep it going. In fact, I had no idea that Don’t Feed The Dark would run this long… but it has… and that’s because the story has brought me this far, and I trust that the story, along with the characters, will carry us all along to the intended conclusion.

But now, as I start to write the conclusion of Book Six, I can feel the end finally coming. I strongly suspect that these last two books will pour out of me, driving me toward the finish line. For me, this story is already finished, somewhere in the back of my head or in some mystery ‘Elsewhere’ land where stories come from… lol. It’s my job to keep on retrieving it from that mysterious place and get us all there.

Well, that’s enough of my wondering wanderings about endings and expectations. I just wanted to share those thoughts I’ve been having. I’m looking forward to jumping in to the last two books of this series and finishing this long journey with all of you. But first, we need to finish Book Six… and it will be a game changer.

More to come.

-Scott.

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So, here’s the latest: I am currently wrapping up the last chapter in this middle arc. Chapter 52: Sodom is expected to run nine or ten episodes. No spoilers… but it will get ugly.

Afterwards, I will get started with the final arc of Book Six. We will be returning to Meredith and friends roughly six weeks later (which catches up their timeline). We’ll find out what they’ve been up to while trying to stay off the radar and keep Meredith safe. The first chapter’s going to slow things down and give me a chance to tell a long awaited story showing the connection Meredith has with Frank Carman that was hinted at all the way back in Book One. We will also get a glimpse into the developing relationship between Meredith and Megan, who has become Meredith’s bodyguard during this time.

I don’t want to say much else about this last arc, but it will be called: Island. That should be your clue that we will also hear from Gina and Clementine in this last arc.

I’ve got the last part slated for four chapters, but that’s not set in stone. I’ll know more after I delve deep into this last storyline.

As far as what’s coming after. I’m already prepping for Book Seven and Eight, which will be the final two books of the series (Yes, Don’t Feed The Dark actually has a finish line… lol). I’m not getting into any of that right now because we’ve got quite a lot left to cover in this final arc of Book Six, but I will say that I’m looking forward to jumping right into these last two books. There are stories that I’ve been waiting to tell since Book One that will finally get told in these last two books.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll keep you updated as the story progresses.

-Scott

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Here’s the latest everyone:

We’ve just finished the first chapter of the New Cleveland three-part arc, and as you can tell, there’s a lot going on. The next chapter, The Desperation Factor, is just about complete. It will run six episodes setting up the final chapter, tentatively titled, Sodom. I’ll let you ponder the implications of that title, and if it gives you a very bad feeling… you’re probably right. The last chapter of this arc is going to be what I call an ‘intense shit-storm all over the damn place’.

I’ve been enjoying writing this arc and digging below the surface of this depraved town to highlight various stories surrounding our main characters, as well as introducing new characters and elaborating further on some characters we’ve already met. The first chapter was intended to scatter our main cast and get more detailed glimpses into New Cleveland from each of their perspectives. Chapter two will start to pick up the pace. By the last chapter, we won’t have time to slow down… and that’s all I’ll say on that.

Unfortunately, due to some personal matters going on at home, I won’t be starting the next chapter until next Monday, May 27th. But from there on I’ll continue posting twice a week.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll keep you updated as the story progresses.

-Scott

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Here’s the latest behind the scenes:

The first arc of three for Book Six is now complete. I know I unloaded a lot on all of you with everything revealed in the first two chapters, so now it’s time to take a break and move away from Meredith and Company for a little while to find out what happened to Tony’s group. Last we heard from them, they were about to be sold in a New Cleveland auction.

Arc Two will begin two weeks after that auction as we find out what happened to each of our characters scattered throughout town. This second arc, titled, To Market, will finish the New Cleveland story started in Book Five. We will discover the fate of Tony’s group as they continue to seek out what happened to Orosco’s people while trying to survive their own struggles, individually and collectively, in this dark town. Can’t say much else without entering spoiler territory. This arc will run three chapters.

On to other news. I’m excited to finally get back to posting twice a week. Starting Monday, DFTD will have new episodes posted every Monday and Friday. I’ve already completed Chapter 50 and I’m jumping right into the next chapter with a writing vengeance. It’s my goal to complete the writing of Book Six by early July so I can jump right into Book Seven, a story I’ve been waiting to tell since I first started writing this long saga.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll keep you updated as the story progresses.

-Scott

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Just some quick updates.

First, I’m excited to announce that Don’t Feed The Dark has surpassed the one million words posted milestone! After the last episode, we’re currently at 1,011,841 words… and counting. I had wanted to announce this significant achievement with a special event week, but my exhausting work schedule this month limited what I had time to do. Fortunately, I’ve been able to keep writing at least one new episode a week. So for what it’s worth, this is officially one long damn story… lol. I’ve chosen one of my favorite pictures from Book One to honor the occasion.

Moving on, we’ve just finished the three-part Meredith “Elsewhere” flashback story that covers what happened to thirteen-year-old Meredith after being discovered in the orphanage basement lab at the end of Chapter 35: Dead Dolls, going all the way back to Book Four. The events in those dream-like episodes cover that missing year removed from her memory. In case you found yourself confused at the end of the last episode when Meredith and Toby were interrupted by a surprise encounter with Dr. Candice Forrester, that ending connects with the spin-off story, Elsewhere, which expands upon that encounter and beyond. So, if you haven’t read it by now, I strongly encourage you to read that particular spin-off tale.

There’s been lots of information revealed in this first arc and for the remaining three episodes of this chapter, Meredith and the others will have to deal with the aftermath of Meredith’s returning memory. Enough said there.

I’m currently finishing up the first chapter of the new story arc that takes us back to New Cleveland to find out what became of our auctioned friends, Tony, Nine, Diane, Wendy, Mark, and the good sergeant Hash. That story will continue two weeks after being auctioned off as Tony’s group is scattered all around that dark town. I still expect this middle arc of Book Six to run three chapters. Time will tell as I get further into the tale.

That’s all I’ve got for now. If you have any questions so far about anything that’s happened in these first two chapters, please feel free to ask. I know it’s a whole lot of stuff and I’ll try to answer what I can so as long as the questions don’t encroach upon spoiler territory.

More to come,
-Scott

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