March 26, 2015

Two small website enhancements:


March 23, 2015

Believe it or not, Chapter 78 is posted!


March 18, 2015

In preparation for posting Chapter 78, I have posted a two-page recap of the first 77 chapters, for those of you who lack either the time or the inclination to reread the story!


March 14, 2015

Happy Pi Day! This is quite a weekend; yesterday was Friday the 13th, today is Pi day, and tomorrow we have the Ides of March.

A lot has happened since the last time I posted a news update. Thanks to the help of several volunteer editors, we've made it through over 60 of the 77 chapters, checking them for mistakes that crept in over the years as I performed semi-random edits. We'll be finishing the remaining chapters, but the busy part of that project, when I had about seven people working all at once, is over, which meant that I could move on to writing.

Friday the 13th was a lucky day for me: I finished the first draft of Chapter 78, a chapter I started writing over SIX years ago! I have to put it away for a few days and then read/revise it with fresh eyes; after that, it will go to my betas. I expect to be able to post within two weeks. I will also be posting a short story recap, for those of you who've forgotten the details and don't have time to reread 77 chapters!

By the way, I post shorter but more frequent news updates on the story's Facebook page (see the link at the top of this page). If you're a Facebook user you may want to subscribe to that page.


January 15, 2015

I’m baaaack!

There is absolutely no reason why anyone should believe anything I say at this point; this is the third time I’ve posted that I was resuming the story and Chapter 78 isn’t available yet. Each time I got back to the story, I started by rereading, and then I got mired in editing, and at some point real life interfered and the project went on hold. Frankly, looking back, I was in the wrong job and wasn’t very happy in my life.

But that has all changed. I’m actually writing this note during a trip to Maui. I sat on the beach working on AUS, and the writing/editing project is done; in addition, I’ve finally implemented a new design I came up with five years ago. Next step—finish Chapter 78. I started it in 2008, and have edited it every 1-2 years since, but I really had to reread the story first because I needed to get some of the details right.

The result of the editing/reformatting project, though, is that I need some help. If anybody out there is good with spelling and grammar and would like to help me with some proofreading, it would be hugely appreciated. I’ve made small changes to every chapter—not changes to the actual story, but just little clarifications and snips here and there. I’ve been editing the HTML code on the website directly, and it’s unfortunately easy to introduce typographical errors doing that. So I’d love to have people read the chapters and just tell let me know of any errors I made in that process.

If this is something you’re good at and you’d be willing to help, please email me using the link at the top of this page. I’ll give you a few chapters to look over (to make sure you don’t duplicate someone else’s effort). And as they say in the islands, Mahalo (that means “Thank you”).

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