Greetings, adventurers.

I come to you today with perhaps the most exciting promise of treasure of all: an update.

Much like the feeling one has when dropping their child off at a new babysitter for the first time, I write to you with hope and apprehension today. Because Mushroom and Anchovy’s most recent manuscript has been sent off to Inkshares to undergo copyediting. 

I’m not sure what this expressly means for our timeline, but the facts we have right now are thus:

1. Mushroom and Anchovy is currently sent in for copyediting.

2. This has never happened before. 

We can, by means of logic and reason, now deduce thusly: the ball is finally rolling to get these books into your hands. 

It’s been a long time coming, and I’m so excited to finally be able to share this wacky tale with you all! 

I’ll contact you again when I have more news. But, for now, please know that the book is in progress. My biggest wish now is for it to be worthy of such a wait. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding! 

In the meantime, I’m going to be looking into getting us a new artist and cover! 

May your travels be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,

K. M. Cooper

Greetings, adventurers!

It’s been nearly a year since the last time I’ve managed to get a missive and an update out for you. I’m sorry for this. When I was given the timeline of early 2022, I thought I’d wait until I received news. Now, obviously, I did state that the date could change, as did Inkshares, so when the proposed editing and release dates sailed quietly by with no news, I wasn’t terribly shocked.

So, perhaps predictably, I come to you today with no updates.
I was very briefly in contact with Inkshares back in February but they are still a fair bit behind and still have a few more books to launch ahead of mine. We are in the exact same position we were at the advent of the pandemic, with maybe the line having moved just a touch. Between the pandemic shutdowns and paper shortage, I’m afraid the standstill is likely to last for at least another year and possibly longer than that.

While I will continue to wait for now, I will admit that I am beginning to explore other options. I don’t have a timeline for this at the moment, but you can bet you’ll hear about it if it’s the direction I decide to take. I will be whittling away at a plan B and hope we hear from Inkshares in the meantime. If you would like to follow any of my other content platforms for outside updates, I’d like to invite you to take a peek at my Linktree or join my Discord. I’m a content creator, so I’m always working away at something.

That’s all for now. I’m deeply sorry it’s not better news and wish it was. Nobody wants this book in your hands more than I do!

May your travels be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,

K. M. Cooper

Greetings adventurers,

A very small update tonight. 

I’ve been in contact with Inkshares and I’ve been given the loose timeline of early 2022 for Mushroom and Anchovy to launch. This may change, but it’s a date we can go by for now! 

That’s all I have for you. As always, I’ll talk to you when there are more updates to be had.

May your travels be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,

K. M. Cooper

Greetings, adventurers!

It’s been awhile! I hope you’re all doing well despite the circumstances!

The last time I updated, I did have some news—however, that news was vague. As such, I still have nothing for you as the pandemic has strongly impacted California—where the Inkshares headquarters is located. Because of that, all of their projects have been pushed back, including this one. I haven’t checked in recently but have gotten updates from authors with books ahead of mine, so naturally my assumption is that Mushroom & Anchovy has also been pushed back.

As always, there is free content to read on my blog, The Practical Escapist, and I have resumed a fairly stacked livestream schedule on Twitch. I also mentioned with our last update that I hope to be moving this newsletter to my website. I have not yet started it, so I would love it if you’d sign up!

Keeping up with content creation has been deeply challenging as I’ve also been homeschooling our first born. It’s been challenging but a lot of fun as well. I’m not sharing much about those experiences beyond the odd Instagram post—but we’ve been working on a seed library, learning about foraging and local plants, and, of course, a lot of reading and writing.

That’s all from me for now. I hope this letter finds you well.

May your travels be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,

K. M. Cooper

Greetings, adventurers!

It’s been awhile. How are you doing? During this strange time, it’s my hope that this letter finds you in good health. 

Before I get too far into it, I’d like to introduce you to the newest addition to our household and the reason I’ve been silent for so long. Meet Baby Olivia, AKA "Snorlax"--secondborn of the Escapist household children. She arrived in early March and has been growing like an out-of-control little weed ever since. We’re all doing great--her delivery was quick and easy--and we’re all in love! It’s definitely coupled with our global pandemic to make things chaotic, though. You can read more about that in my most recent blog post.

I have another small update for you. When last we checked in, I had been given the date of early April for Mushroom and Anchovy’s production kickoff. However, as we all have seen, a lot can change in the span of a few months, and now we’re deep into global pandemic territory. I reached out to the lovely folks at Inkshares and confirmed with them that production had been suspended for the time being--a decision I fully support. They are now hoping we can kick off production in July. I’m hoping to release another chapter soon--something I wasn’t originally planning to do, but seems pertinent in times like these.

I’ve told you before that I’ve been streaming this past year and a half. I did take a break for a time following my daughter’s birth, but I’m slowly getting back to it. Right now, I’m streaming Monday nights at 9:30 PM AT (8:30 PM ET) with low-key chatting and kitchen-cleaning streams. I’ll be coming back to a partial cooking stream schedule in about a month or so.

I hope to be moving this newsletter to my website in the near-ish future. I’d love it if you’d sign up there! I plan on having monthly letters--nothing spammy, I promise--featuring a clip-of-the-month, updates, previews, stream events, and more. You can sign up on my website by navigating to the bottom of the page. I will still be updating with book-related information and news here, but everything else will move. If you’d like to keep up with non-Mushroom and Anchovy work, please do sign up on my website! A starting point for the newsletter will be gauged by level of interest.

Before I go, I want to take a moment to express my appreciation to everyone for your continued support while I take a step back. I have been really enjoying this time with my family and it’s been nice not to worry too much about having to produce. Being productive is in my nature, however, so do plan to see things from me outside of blog posts in the next two months or so. I plan on trickling various content back in bit by bit, with an end goal of having all of my main ventures back by September. 

I hope to have more updates for you in the months to come. I’m not sure when the next update will be for Mushroom and Anchovy, but until then, may staying home be fraught with calm and as little peril as possible, for the time being.

Yours in adventure,

K. M. Cooper

Greetings, adventurers!

Happy Mushroom and Anchovy Monday!… on Wednesday. I had every intent to get this out on Monday, but I’m finally starting to recover from a nasty sinus infection and, let’s face it, life is kind of chaos. So, without any further ado...

I’m so sorry for the silence over the past few months. Between moving, the pregnancy, the holidays, birthdays, illness, and now being on leave, everything has been really chaotic. Our due date for our newest family member is approaching swiftly—less than a month away, in fact—so now we’re getting everything ready. It’s going to continue to be a very busy time!

The good news is that I have a bit of an update for you. After reaching out to the lovely folks at Inkshares in the new year, I have been informed that they are only a few months away from Mushroom and Anchovy’s production kickoff. This is very exciting news. I hope to have a true update for you in a few months, but for now, at least we have this!

We moved to our new home back in November and have been settling ever since. The cats are very fond of this place and have been happily bonding. I won’t go into too much detail, but if you’re curious for some shots of our updated kitchen and other points of interest in our home, please head over to my Instagram or you can watch live from my Twitch channel, where I do cooking and baking 3x a week (for the time being)—in fact, we’re having an on-stream baby shower this coming Sunday the 8th, and we’d love to see you there! I also would like to add that I participated in Vlogmas this year--that and more content can be found over on my YouTube. I’ve also recently partnered with the amazing folks over at Wild Cherry Spoon Co., who make beautiful artisan kitchenware. Very exciting times!

I have been pushing myself to produce 2 blog posts a month—one recipe, one prose—over on my website www.thepracticalescapist.ca. Hope to see you there!

I won’t update again until production has kicked off, now that I have some news. I hope you’re looking forward to an exciting 2020 with me!

May your travels be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,

K. M. Cooper

Greetings, adventurers!

Sorry for the lack of #MushAnch Monday this month--and sorry in advance for the lack thereof for next month, as well. There is a reason for this. Things have gotten very busy around here in the past few weeks, and that’s about to ramp up, because after a year of trying, we’re finally moving! 

I don’t have any updates for you on the book front as I continue to wait patiently for news, myself. It’s my hope that this beautiful time of year finds you well, and I hope to be back and updating regularly again in December.

Thanks for your patience!

May your travels be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,

K. M. Cooper

Greetings, adventurers!

Happy #MushAnch Monday!

I have to take a moment to apologize! I was on vacation and was all over the place last month, and I made a personal decision not to bring my laptop with me when visiting family, so, when 2 weeks went by and I realized I hadn’t updated you, I thought that waiting until September instead would be a better idea. I’ve also been experiencing some extreme exhaustion, meaning that several things fell to the wayside during August. Unfortunately, this update was one of those things.

The last two months were really hectic and, in a lot of ways, not really great months. The good news is, though, that I’ve come out the other side with an exciting announcement: my husband and I are looking forward to welcoming our newest addition to the family in March 2020. We’re all very excited, and our daughter is thrilled about being a big sister. You may have heard this news already if you follow me on YouTube or Twitch, but if not, well, surprise! Here’s a little video of the reveal, by the way—I was very excited to announce in this way!

I don’t have any book news for you at the moment—which likely isn’t a huge surprise, as I wasn’t too concerned about accidentally skipping last month’s update. I do have a few other projects that I’ve been silently working on in the background, including plans for a new novel. I’m continuing to post up my weekly webcomic, Retail Hell, and my online cooking show on Twitch has been going exceedingly well. Cooking videos were something else I took a break from in August but I’m hoping to get back to them soon.

Thanks for your patience while I get myself re-oriented!

May your adventures be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,
K. M. Cooper
Greetings, adventurers!

Happy #MushAnch Monday!

How was your June? Mine was filed with very extreme highs and very extreme lows. In some ways, it was a good month, but in others, I’m very glad to be leaving it behind. 
I’m starting work on my next novel as we speak—slowly getting the general plans fleshed and hashed out and gathering ideas. I seem to have been hit with a sudden bombardment of ideas and I’m trying to gather them all in different piles—as it stands, I have 4 stories I want to write, and… no overarching plots for any of them. Sigh.

Twitch continues to go well for me—in fact, just today I was made the Streamer of the Week by my stream team, Bone-In! I’m putting up monthly recipes on my YouTube channel as well. There are no updates on the book at the moment, but there’s definitely a lot going on creatively for me, and a lot of free content you can enjoy, too! 

May your adventures be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting, 
K. M. Cooper

Greetings, adventurers! 

Oops... I did it again. Mushroom and Anchovy Monday is a Tuesday again this month. I apologize! 

I have no updates today, so I’m going to keep it exceedingly brief! Check out my YouTube June Roundup (and maybe hit the "like" and "subscribe" buttons while you’re there) for all the stuff I’m doing this month! And, you can join me tonight on Twitch for some culinary shenanigans! 8:30 PM ADT! Hope to see you there! 

Until next time, may your travels be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting, K. M. Cooper

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