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« Reply #45 on: August 08, 2007, 06:34:48 AM »
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« Reply #46 on: August 22, 2007, 06:08:46 PM »
C'mon John_D, get your act together and quit leaving us in suspense. You're making at least one of us cry!

I'm also reading my first Sara Paretsky book these days. A V.I Warshawski book.

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« Reply #47 on: August 23, 2007, 06:17:54 AM »
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C'mon John_D, get your act together and quit leaving us in suspense. You're making at least one of us cry!


Since I can't stand to see anyone cry, and since I finally settled the interminable editing debate on Part 4 I was having with myself, I present...

Part 4!

More coming soon, I swear, but fairly soon I have to head off to the salt mines for the day and I don't get much writing done there.

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« Reply #48 on: August 26, 2007, 11:37:57 PM »
A note to my loyal fan (fans?)... Sorry, I wasn't able to get anything done this weekend - I woke up early Saturday morning sick as a dog, and I still only feel about 50% human. I'm going to try to have updates up Monday night, perhaps.

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« Reply #49 on: September 05, 2007, 10:46:04 AM »
That's ok, John_D. :) We await patiently for the next installment.

Seriosusly, I rather enjoy your writing. I love the humour and the interaction with the readers.

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« Reply #50 on: September 06, 2007, 10:23:05 PM »
Thanks for the kind words, eph... update would have been today, but I got the free time just when family blew into town.

(My first word from the airport was that ambulances were rushing out to meet the jet, which was seriously scary, until 15 minutes later when I get the call "They're fine, we'll tell you later what happened". Long story short, some unexpected turbulence when the seatbelt light was off caused quite a few people to bump their heads violently, although all are going to be okay from what I understand.)

Part 5, for sure, will be up tomorrow night, so you can check in on the weekend. Parts 6 and 7 are basically ready, but might take a few extra days. To whet your appetite, Part 5 will show what happens when John decides to reveal his feelings to Irene, Part 6 features a big dramatic twist with Maria, and Part 7 lets us know how Ophelia is coping with her breakup (not well is my guess!)

Edited to add: Part 6 is now up... I'm very worried about it, because it foreshadows a time coming up in the story when I'm going to have to carry this thing with more than just humour. I'm hoping the tension comes across...

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« Reply #51 on: September 15, 2007, 03:41:22 PM »
With Part 6 now up, I'm doing my best to have Chapter 3 done on Sunday or Monday... I'll get back to y'all with how those updates are going.

I also have a little bit of a promotional effort for chapter 5, which is still a bit off yet. Still, I just came up with the idea and I'm wondering if it sparks any interest as a "teaser".

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STRANGE NOTES "FROM A DIFFERENT WORLD", RESEARCHER SAYS

by Lewis Lake - Science Reporter

Local scientists have discovered a strange piece of paper which, although it seems normal upon superficial analysis, cannot be verified as coming from this universe when looked at on the atomic level. Professor Edwin Chao, having looked at the paper with a high-resolution electron microscope, claims that the molecular bonds are like nothing he has ever seen on earth, although he cannot pinpoint the exact difference. Chao believes the paper may come from an alternate dimension, supporting his theory of multiple branching timelines.

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Of course, Chao has his detractors. Jackson Pollard of the Society for Credible Research has attacked this latest finding, calling it "a hoax" and besieging the university with calls for it to be independently verified.

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The sheet of looseleaf seems to be simply the notes of a high school or university history student, with a header on one side indicating that it is for a course called "History of the Cold War". (No local high school or university offers a course under that name, however). The content of the notes does not correspond to any known history, and consists mainly of a list of countries of two competing alliances in Europe. (See sidebar for a list of the alliances). Many of the countries are familiar, but others appear in very different forms than our own history would suggest, if the list is accurate and this is not, indeed, a hoax.

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MEMBERS OF THE NORTH SEA ALLIANCE AS OF 2007 (w/capitals)
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USA (Washington)
Republic of Canada (Ottawa)
Dominion of Newfoundland (St. John's)
Republic of Iceland (Reykjavik)
Republic of Ireland (Dublin)
Scots Free State (Edinburgh)
United Kingdom of England, Wales, and the Channel Islands (London)
Portuguese Republic (Lisbon)
Kingdom of Spain (Madrid)
French Republic (Bordeaux)
Kingdom of Belgium (Brussels)
Kingdom of the Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Kingdom of Norway (Oslo)
Kingdom of Sweden (Stockholm)
New Roman Republic (Rome)

MEMBERS OF THE LEIPZIG PACT AS OF 2007 (w/capitals)
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USSR (Moscow)
People's Rep. of Finland (Helsinki)
French Alpine Republic (Lyon)
Slovakia (Bratislava)
Hungary (Budapest)
Romania (Bucharest)
Bulgaria (Sofia)
Yugoslav Union (Belgrade)
Albania (Tirana)
Hellenic People's Republic (Athens)
People's Rep. of Northern Italy (Milan)
Greater Germany (incl. Bohemia, Moravia, Austria, Alsace, Lorraine, most of Poland) (Berlin)

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Kingdom of Denmark (Copenhagen)
Swiss Confederation (Bern)
Republic of Malta (Valletta)

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« Reply #52 on: January 09, 2008, 08:26:04 PM »
One of my New Year's resolutions was to get back to updating Stupendous Girl!... her stories need to be told. And told they shall be, because we're back with an updated look and the start of Chapter 4!

For background on where the story is set, be sure to check out An Illustrated History of New Normandy, a fascinating look at our oft-forgotten eleventh province and its capital city of Port Manteau. This story contains what is probably my favourite of any phrase I've ever committed to print in "vestigial Jacobitism".

To just get on with the story, the start of Chapter 4 can be found here.

Or perhaps you might just pop by to hear the new Song of the Chapter, by everyone's favourite Welsh socialist rock band, the Manic Street Preachers. (They've written a single about the Spanish Civil War, so they've got that lefty cred!)

By all means, as long as you're there, let me know what you think of the new design scheme, and be brutally honest!

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« Reply #53 on: January 23, 2008, 12:27:47 PM »
Meant to put out an update on Monday night, but now it looks like the next two parts of Chapter 4 will appear at the same time, likely in about 24 hours. Thanks to everyone who's been reading so far!

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« Reply #54 on: January 23, 2008, 12:53:43 PM »
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« Reply #55 on: February 13, 2008, 11:04:37 PM »
Okay, here's a problem I have as an author... I wonder if any of you have it, and what can be done about it.

I set deadlines to publish stuff, and I write, but I'm finicky and I'm never happy with rough drafts. I make changes, or at least think about doing so, and then I miss the deadline. From then on, it becomes easier to procrastinate or to think of a perfectly fine piece of work as unfinished, because I'm already late anyway, so what's another day or two? Or four?

Thoughts?

(I'll find a way to get a Stupendous Girl! update out in 24 hours, I promise! Double super-secret promise!)

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« Reply #56 on: February 14, 2008, 05:21:28 AM »
Procrastination is my middle name.  :oops:

 

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