Remember when I flushed two different versions of the intro for this chapter out the airlock before arriving at its final form? Kinda had to do the same thing with this one. I considered posting another batch of “Lost Scenes” but the rewrites weren’t extensive enough to justify it; dialogue assigned to one character was assigned to another, names were changed, etc., but ultimately it kept a similar shape. Despite that, the minute changes were critically important.
Writing is tricky business. I often write something and then regret it 300 pages later. For instance, Patient 31 showing up at the end of the last book, and how Jack Hayes referred to him. So many things about 31 changed between then and now that I’m not sure I’ll be representing him in a way that completely meshes with that craziness. I think I salvaged it, but who knows? We’ll know sooner or later.
Two chapters to go. Maybe three, depends on if I actually have another story to tell before we wrap this up. Thing is, the original shape of the back half of this book was going to be:
- A story about Memorial Stadium, which I won’t reveal yet.
- A story about Dave and Kelsey of some sort because Dave totally killed it in the last character poll.
- A story about the Resistance and Vivi’s plight.
- The big finale.
Aaaand then #2 and #3 got merged into what you’re reading now with some of #3 pushed to #4. So now, we’re looking at:
- A story about Dave and Kelsey.
- A story about Memorial Stadium which may blow your minds.
- The big finale.
The chapters are smaller overall in vol//003, so I was figuring I’d need an extra story in there… but I’m inclined to plow forward with three instead of four. Stories are as long as they have to be, after all. No more, no less. So three more chapters, and then… and then…
…then I take a break, honestly, much deserved. And THEN it’s time for the next fiasco. What will it be? Well… you’ll have a hand in that. Stay tuned.
That’s for the future. For now, there is the continuing misadventures of Dave and Builder 78. Enjoy.