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Short and sweet today. What's on the board for your end of January taste testing? From the pen of one ElrodW, we have part 2 of Kayda 10... also known as "There's No Place Like Poe". Enjoy!

Next week, the Spanish Inquisition... or something else equally unexpected.

 

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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!