It's been 365 days since The Second Death of Daedalus Mole went live on Unbound. That's about eight times as long as the Falklands War, and about four times as long as the initially-agreed funding period - but about one-quarter of the time it took to write the first four drafts of the novel.
Around the time of the original deadline - November 2016 - the moon drew closer to the Earth than it had been at any time since 1948, triggering a brief but potent spell of global madness. This caused, among other things, the staff at Unbound to believe that an off-the-wall book about a depressed historian in space would definitely find its audience, and that it just needed time.
We were at about 30% then, and we're at 77% now. A huge thank-you to our two latest cohorts, with their new ranks and ship assignments:
Since it's starting to look like the book - against all my expectations - actually will get funded, I've had to make some preparations for my life as a bigshot author. First was speaking at Unbound's Pledge Party in the wine-filled basement of a London bookshop:
(The author, mid-reading, having just realised the jokes up ahead will be incomprehensible when read aloud)
...which was obviously great fun and not terrifying in the slightest. It was SO not-terrifying that - second - I'm doing it again in a nice pub in south London with my excellent fellow Unbounders Hilary Bell, Stephanie Bretherton and Daniel Ross! It's next Thursday, 10th August at 7.30pm. More details on the Facebook event page, but it's a pint with a bunch of book people in one of the best beer places in London - what's not to like? If you're around (or know somebody who is) then help us fill up that audience!
Third was re-designing my website for those of you who... er... love to visit websites. It's received such reviews as "much less ugly" and "if you didn't know how colours worked why didn't you just ask?"
Sick of these updates? Want them to end? Some back-of-a-napkin maths suggests that we only need about 39 more supporters before we hit 100%! So if 40 of you tell a friend to pledge, or if 80 of you sort of halfheartedly suggest it to someone, then we can be funded by the end of the week.
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