Deadlines, shmedlines...

Like all great writers, I've missed a deadline. I don't think you can legitimately call yourself a writer unless you miss at least a few. What was it that Douglas Adams said? Ah, I remember...

"I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by."

Well, at least my deadline was self imposed, and probably not many people even knew about it at that. In which case, I've just blathered on incessantly about something which very few people actually care about. Sounds pretty much like a typical day for me.

Anyway, the aforementioned missed deadline I am referring to is the final installment of my serial on JukePop, Beyond the Gates of Övrigmark. This past Thursday was its two year anniversary, and I had fully intended to post the last chapter before midnight on that day. I didn't turn into a pumpkin, so I guess it's no big deal, and on the bright side, the imaginary deadline did spur me into action. In fact, it gave me a much needed kickstart and fostered a renewed enthusiasm for the work. So much enthusiasm that I added a few more scenes to the last act of the story than I'd originally intended. So, instead of a total of 42 chapters, it will probably end somewhere around chapter 45.

Astute, and longtime readers of the series, may notice that the last several chapters have been much longer than previous chapters, so you're getting even more for your money. And since the serial is completely free, that's a fantastic bargain. How can you ever repay me you ask? (Just humor me, and pretend you asked) Well, if you've really enjoyed the story, you could go to JukePop and give each chapter a plus vote. Beyond the Gates has only been in the top thirty once or twice, but it would sure be nice to go out with a bang, a last hoorah if you will...even if you won't in fact.

All kidding aside, the last few weeks of writing have been a blast. The words have been pouring out of me, and I've been editing the chapters and posting them as fast as I can. I realize that means the story isn't as polished as I'd like, but the faster I get it out and fulfill my obligation to complete it, the faster I can work on getting it properly edited, checked for consistency, and possibly even expand on it a bit. I'd eventually like to turn it into a printed book with lovely illustrations and maps of each of the worlds. I'm also thinking of creating an interactive version of the book for the iPad, but that will have to wait until I get a few other projects done first.

So I'll get back to writing now. I just wanted to let you know why I missed my deadline, and that I'll be setting a new one. The last chapter of Beyond the Gates will* post by the end of the month.

* Disclaimer - the word will in this particular instance may actually mean should or possibly probably.

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