|Chapter 1 is ready to read!|
Yesterday was the day when, had things gone according to plan, chapter two of Echo Callaway and the Mists of Pelleon would have been submitted here and around the web. Sadly, this chapter is not ready, and, unlike Douglas Adams, I’m not enjoying the sound of my deadline wooshing by. Apologies to all who’ve been looking forward to a new installment; here’s my explanation, and an update on where the progress actually is right now.
Why is it late? In short, my house burned down. This actually happened way back in January, but what’s happening now is I’m trying to move my family into our new home, which is literally being constructed around our efforts to move in. The interior, at least, we bought a house and have done extensive renovations. So my nights and weekends, which are typically when I work on Echo, have been spent moving furniture, laying hardwood floors, painting, tiling, and coordinating this increasingly gargantuan undertaking. The move-in date has dragged from Sept. 1, to mid October, to last weekend, and we still aren’t there yet. I’d like to say one more week will do it, but every time I say that, it proves false, so I’ll just say that I’m hoping its soon.
The only other factor here is a professional project, modest in size, but not something I can talk about yet.
Currently, chapter 2 is almost exactly half-done. I expect to finish by the end of January, a full two months late, and it really is an agonizing delay for me. I love this story and these characters, and really would like nothing more than to work on this full time. Until that’s the case, I’ll do my best, but, as you can see, that’s not always enough to hit even modest deadlines.
Anyway, if you care to chime in, let me know if you’d be interested in seeing what *is* finished from chapter 2. That, I could upload relatively soon (just need to drop it into the flash engine), and while it would definitely be fragmentary, I’d be happy to share it if you are interested. Or, if you’d rather wait for the complete piece, I can just keep pluggin’ away. So weigh in, and tell me what you think.
Still fighting the good fight,