1. delayed slightly because i've been sick, got better, spent that time finishing off the hadrons... and then got sick again (thanks sinusitis) HOWEVER...
2. i am now 98% finished with the hadron issues. i say 98% advisedly because i have noticed that the final draft is missing one sentence and has a few tiny formatting problems to correct. ONCE DONE then "on the hadron" is finally complete. it'll come in three editions - the simple black and white issue with colour covers (about £2), the deluxe edition in full colour with FREE second issue, "hadrons of history", a cut out cardboard toy hadron, a certificate of hadron ownership AND a bookplate. this will go for about a fiver. then there'll be the spangly lulu edition which will need a new cover doing and a certain bit of creative thought concerning how to get the "hadrons of history" issue incorporated into it. i'll let you all know as and when
whatever happens they should be ready to go by the middle of next week and the lulu edition somewhat later than that
3. this will then free me up for the NEXT couple of projects. the next issue proper is going to be "the sad story of bunny mcsniff and the terrible tale of bruiser mcgann" which will be a sort of - kind of - mentalist version of a kid's book. sort of a bit on the black side until the sudden, euphoric denouement. or that's the plan. but that will be december... probably
4. because november is nanowrimo time. and this year i'm trying to one up "boodle up" from 2005 and actually FINISH the thing. it will be called "the thursday night league volume one: the bombardier's eyes" and is a sort of tribute/ pastiche of pulp british sci fi and crime writers from the first half of the 20th century. as such the plan is that once i finish the nanowrimo - and take a month off for "bunny mcsniff" - i will start to edit and release "the bombardier's eyes" in twelve, monthly supplements "as they did in the old days". i'll illustrate it copiously AND put in odd supplemental details like essays from issues of magazines like "book and magazine collector" and "the fortean times" about characters from the story. ie make it worth your while to buy it on a monthly basis
but 5. this means - do people want to read the nanowrimo as i go along with it? do you want a blog just for it so you can read and comment as i go along? or it's own livejournal like i did with "boodle up"? any thoughts? if you just want me to forward bits as and when i go along then i'm happy to do that too
finally 6. this all keeps me nicely distracted from possibly the worst dip yet in my father's health. seriously. the conversation i had with him today was... utterly the most heart wrenching conversation i've ever had. really not very nice at all
ah well. hopefully better times next update. hope all are well