The cover is on its way. I posted a sneak peek on my Twitter and Facebook (both linked at the bottom of this page) if you're interested in seeing the general concept.
Once the cover is finished, the book will be ready to go!
Again, I won't be doing pre-orders. I think they're one big crock, and I get way too anxious when waiting for my own book to be available. I have enough stress already.
Volume 9's first draft is almost halfway done. Since I have some extra time this month, I figured I'd get it finished as quickly as possible, so it's likely that we'll see it out sometime in March.
As a side project, I'm working on a short story submission for a magazine. If they accept it and I get the okay, I'll post it here. I'll also post the magazine info for those interested as well.
Just a small note to those who are anxious about our current times: keep your head up. When things get too rough, get lost in a book or listen to some ambient sounds. And once you collect yourself, volunteer, donate, march, protest... do whatever you need to do to make this world a better place.