I'm currently at 24K words with Zombie City: Episode 4, and I've still got a few things I want to put in place before bringing the episode to a close. Right now I'm guessing it'll reach 30K, which will make it the longest episode in the series so far. It's definitely the most eventful episode too, with several new characters and themes being introduced. And I'm developing a clearer vision of the plot arc that will lead to the story's conclusion, probably in Episode 5.
I still feel bad for the readers who've been kept waiting. I had an opportunity to wrap up Episode 4 around the 22K mark, and Episode 4 would probably already be available if I'd done that. But I've decided that the overall story will be better--the pacing and the plot more balanced--if I postpone publication until I've added the scenes I want to add to set things up for the concluding episode. It's a case of weighing expediency against quality, and I'm putting the premium on quality.
If anyone out there has any questions or complaints, feel free to add them in the comments section for this post. My consolation offer is still on the table: sign up for my mailing list, and I'll give you a coupon code to download episode 4 for free when it comes out.
In the meantime, thanks for your interest, and thanks for your patience.