I regret the interruption in storytelling. I've been beaten down by a wicked combination of a chest cold, an extremely heavy workload at the day-job, and a toddler who's convinced he's nocturnal. We'll return to our normally scheduled programming this coming Monday, 29 October 2007.
I took the day off sick yesterday, and I did some thinking (which was all I could do, because my wife forbade me to do work of any kind). Here are the results of my ruminations:
And Bananas for All will continue run over the course of November. There will then be a one week hiatus, followed by a three episode Christmas story for December. To maintain this blog's theme of fantastical and speculative adventures, this year's Christmas story will take place in outer space. Working title: One Small Step for Santa.
Following another one week hiatus, we launch into the eagerly anticipated novelette The Secret Mathematic, detailing the circumstances of Mr. Mississauga's "Event Zero" and Dr. Zoran's discovery of active numbers science. This should be a doozy and I hope you all remember to tune in for it, starting on New Year's Day 2008.
And then we come to a change in tack.
Beginning Monday, 4 February 2008 will be a new on-line novel, serialized through this weblog as each chapter is written in a return to the Simon of Space format from 2005. While there are several reasons behind this change, the principal one is that I've found it far too easy to procrastinate about moving ahead on this work -- when there are many projects vying for my attention, the one without a fixed deadline just keeps getting shoved to the backburner. Therefore, to assure this new novel's progress I have decided to perform it live.
As with Simon of Space, I'll be counting on you readers out there to keep me on my feet, and to call out my blunders in the commentary section. Fueled by your encouragement and your critiques, I have confidence that we can all take a ride even more fun than Simon's exploits over the course of next winter and spring.
The working title is currently Pilot of the Flying Dollar.
Are you excited? I'm excited. Again, apologies for the delay, and our current tale will resume next week.