Thank you for this. It’s a pleasure to see the process and attendant frustrations presented with that eloquence and economy of language. Speaking of frustrations, the attitudes of non-artists to things like commission and compensation are just staggering sometimes and really do make this craft stressful to pursue.
I’ve found Patreon to be an incredibly helpful tool when your output is principally short fiction or serialized online novels — existing fans tend to be respectful enough to donate and it’s not bad for reaching new ones.
I’m looking forward to checking out Earth Rise later today. Good luck with selling the next book.