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Setting this up to release a little early today. I may do this again a few times moving forward, while we have a release queue. Generally, if we don't have a lot in the queue or if there are still final reviews and edits coming in for a piece; there's not a lot of value in my cleaning up the file and doing final formatting work until the last minute. That's why the release of new material is Monday evenings, as Monday is the one day I typically have off work... and by setting the release time in the evening of that day off, I have time to work on even a completely unformatted piece and get it cleaned up for you. Or time to badget authors into coughing up something for me to release, sometimes. But, as is true today, there are times when the queue has enough in it that a piece has been sitting in wait of going out for a month... so even late, last minute edits have been done for at least two weeks... and in those cases, I can do the clean up work at my convenience. That means, little to do on Monday (yay, I get my day off to relax) and I can let things out the door a little early.

So... don't consider it a permanent change. My target deadline is still going to be 5 pm Monday (PST)... but while I have stuff in the queue for release long enough that I'm not worried about doing work twice? You might see things come out earlier. 

What do we have in the queue? Well... that'd ruin the fun of the Baked Goods gambling ring... but I will tell you that since returning, JG's been hardcore... even giving Elrod and Morpheus a run for writing speed champion. That means, at least for the near future, you can expect to see a number of things from his corner. I 'think' we'll manage to keep it from being all JG all the time, but we'll see. And let's start getting some of that out to you now... and to do that, we need to step backward in time a little. Not long 'in universe' but several years of publishing time for certain, to the middle of the Gen 1 first year... with Chapter 1 of "The Book of Darwin"

 

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I'm setting up most of the Monday release this evening (Sunday) instead of during the day on Monday this week because I don't get Monday (or any other day) off this week as a result of tight turnaround schedules. Tuesday 'should' be a short day, in theory, so I'll get at least a partial for some rest before working on this week's main job. But I won't be online for a few hours around the release time. If for some reason things don't release as appropriate, I'm sure Elrod or someone else will step up and kick something out the door for you all. Just check in at the forums to find out where you can find wherever it is. But... if things go right, you should have a good piece of another character's origins/backstory from the Gen 2 team.

What specifically? We have the first part of the Eisenmadel (Erica) backstory, from Wasamon... "Summer of My German Heritage" in our Gen 2 story section. Enjoy!

 

 

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Sometimes you have to wonder what people are thinking when they make choices on how to do things related to their jobs. I've got someone at my theatre whose responsibilities are primarily financial. It's her job to find donors, grants, and sponsors... to bring in contributed income for the company. So today, I get an email saying that she wants to know if its possible to add house/lobby music for our cabaret performances like we did for our holiday show. Never mind that its a different space, different type of show, and that we've done almost ten years of these shows without having house music before the performances. Theatre convention suggests that you don't use recorded music prior to a musical, because no live performance ever really matches up to the 'finished' quality of a studio recording so its unfair to your performers.

And its a lot of extra work for something we're going to use for five performances compared to a show that runs for five weeks, with eight or more performances per week.

So... 

Anyways... you don't need to hear about life in grumpy sound land. What you want to hear about is life in the Whateley Universe. For today's bit of insight into that place, we're going to delve into the follow up (part 2) of E. E. Nalley's story "Boys of Summer" ... Enjoy!