Remember how I mentioned each volume would include at least one original story, not previously published on this site? To that end, I challenged myself to write several stories as part of NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month (http://nanowrimo.org). I won the challenge with only two stories: a new tale of the Scape Grace (#3, "A Change in Plans") and an original short story, "An Apostate's Dilemma", which explores the Mauraug Apostasy from the inside.
So those are ready. However, I'll have to break one promise, a little. The Scape Grace story is longer than expected. Fitting all three stories in one volume (much less four, if I included the related tangent, "A Bureaucrat's Tale") is a bit much. So, I'm planning to make "The Wreck of the *Untranslatable*" a stand-alone introductory volume, with "Escape from Grace" and "A Change in Plans" together in the second volume.
Book number three should have three stories about Stchvk, Private Investigator: "Bad Egg", "Broken Record", and an as-yet-unwritten third story. There's my next task!
That makes book four the compiled, separate short stories of Empyrean Dreams, now additionally including "An Apostate's Dilemma", along with another unpublished story, "Labyrinthine", and all my prior short stories from this site. We'll also include any and all short stories from Ariana that she selects...
...which means I could be wrong again. If the short stories pile up too high, we'll have to split them into two volumes! In that case, I'll split the new tales across the two books.
So this three-book project is now four books and possibly five. I can't say I'm sad about having more to offer. It just means that finishing everything won't happen as fast as I originally hoped. Apologies, but we probably won't have an Empyrean Dreams book available for your holiday gift shopping.
Early next year, though! That's the plan!