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  1. ROFL!!! It was there, so I just had to mention it. I'm amazed at how many goat islands there are in the world. I think I mentioned two or three in Circumnavigation, but there are many, many more. Sorry I've been offline (it's monsoon season here now... the fire danger is past, but lightning daily, so very little internet). The epilogue is working its way through the team. BTW, we can blame Wildone for the delays. Why? Because a lot of the delays were caused by the heatwave and intense fire season. And what caused that? A high pressure area stalled over the southwest. And where did that high pressure cell come from? Canada, that's where.
  2. I'm okay, but I've been having a hell of a time getting online. Often, I can't get past the Ga main page, or even load CNN or other major sites. (internet connection is acting up) I've been super busy with the fire situation, mainly clearing fuel from around my home. I had rain yesterday and today (and a hell of a lot of lightning- it's lightning season) so for now, I'm safe from fire. That also gave me some time to finish the epilogue. I don't live in Prescott, but I'm shocked by the horrific loss of the firefighters, and also by the destruction of the town of Yarnell, which I know very well. The epilogue went to beta a few minutes ago. It's 3:30 AM, so I'll get some sleep then be back to post in threads and catch up on PM's and e-mail. Sorry I've been so slow.
  3. Thanks for all the great points!!!! So far, so good. The only one I'd forgotten was Shane's immigration issue, which was going to be in the final chapter. I decided to ax it (it was a poor fit) and move it to the epilogue, and then forgot. So thanks Trebs!!!! (It'll be addressed) I also wanted to post an update on one of the many reasons I've been so scarce online in recent weeks. Fire. It's fire season here, and though my place isn't directly threatened at the moment, there is a large fire a few miles away and the weather conditions (hot, dry, windy) make for severe risk. So, I've been spending some quality time with my chain saw to clear out some trees and brush, and I've also been building and testing a jury-rigged fire suppression system (multiple wide area sprinkler heads near and on top of my house, fed from a large water storage tank by battery-run pumps, and activated by remote control). Hopefully, the summer monsoon rains will start soon and end the current wildfire red flag conditions. BTW, sorry Wildone, but Grundig was innocent; the cartel and the Aussie underworld got all the info they needed out of Carnarvon thanks to the press. It was a good point though. Edit: Benji also mentioned the immigration issue, twice, and I forgot. Sorry, and thanks Benji!!!!
  4. I've been involuntarily offline for several days (my internet connection, a transceiver, died... though it's been failing for weeks and I should have replaced it sooner). I hope to be back online within a day. In the meantime, I'd like to launch an epilogue suggestion thread, for any loose ends or issues that would be good to wrap up. I already have a long list that's already in the epilogue (Trevor's car, last seen being torn apart during the action at the marina restaurant) is in it, as are quite a few other things. I can't promise to include everything, but I'm open to ideas. CJ
  5. Chapter 156: From Hell’s Heart (Here's a link to google maps, centered on the areas in the chapter, which can be zoomed and moved around, because I know some of you are like me and love to follow along and see the areas on the story.) "Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee. Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool! And since neither can be
  6. Posted 190th December 2012 - 09:20 PM From Hell's Heart is up! (it might take a minute after this post to appear). Okay, we've got the FINAL chapter up at long last. I sincerely apologize for the delay. There is an epilogue to come, but this is the last chapter. Posted on the 190th day of December 2012 - 09:20 PM
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  10. Just a fast note; Emoe sent the chapter back, so I have it. There's still work to do (Reviewing changes, a final run through, formatting, etc) but it will be online sometime today. I'll try to make it earlier rather than later.
  11. I won't, but it can't hurt to try, as I already have open office installed. If it catches even one goof, that's one less headache I'll be inflicting on the team.
  12. ROFL!!! Yes... I've noticed... you've even accused me of the most unspeakable things (cliffhangers). Shame on you! I'll try running it through Open Office after Word next time. Thanks!! ROFL!!! I like the way you put it. I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was 9, and I find it affects me in some ways more than others. Look-alike words are a huge area of trouble for me. So too is spelling. For the later, spell-check helps, but not if I've used a look alike word. For forum posts, it's even worse lately; my browser spell-check sometimes does not work with forum posts. Usually it underlines a misspelled word, but sometimes it doesn't. Hrmmm, like right now, it's not underlining thiis word. Heh, sometimes the goofs I make are good for a laugh. For example, more than one team member had a good chuckle when I typed sue instead of use, and had Trevor suing an ATM.
  13. Those are both excellent ideas! I'll try them both on the epilogue. BTW, the "Paris in the the spring" is a rare one for me (Word usually catches it) but what is common for me is the opposite; "Paris the spring" leaving out a two or three letter word. I'm also notorious for swapping out for our and similar. Actually, I just looked at the coming chapter and see that I did make a duplicate mistake, but Word didn't catch it (it was caught in beta, thanks guys!) because it was a repeated phrase rather than a repeated word. This, like many of my goofs, arises during the writing process; I often cut and past to rearrange and then rewrite. Unfortunately, I often make errors when I do so. Thanks!!! One thing I want to take the opportunity to mention here; betaing and editing is very hard and exacting work, and as you mention, the team does this voluntarily. Also, unlike the author, they rarely get the public credit for the story. Doing all those kneecaps isn't easy, but he's very good at it, and loves his work. No apologies needed! I do understand. I hope the ankle gets better. I think you are wise. I also think, and hope, that it will be far sooner. Transpositions are a common problem for me. One I'm notorious for is swapping out for our. You catch some errors with spellcheck? What programs do you use? I run it through Word 2002 at least once... Hrmmm, maybe I should try making a second run through open office (another word processing program I have installed). BTW, to give ya'll an idea of what Mike and the rest of the team have to put up with, let me mention that Homophones are a particular issue for me; I make a lot of goofs in that regard. I'm dyslexic, so I literally don't see them. That's also, probably, why I make many transposition errors. And, as I'm sure all of you can see from my forum posts, I make a lot of goofs of all kinds.
  14. I was playing off a post where someone mentioned the Yucatan. Both beta reading and editing are VERY hard,and do take time, even without the back-and-forth often needed. One of the most aggravating things is I find that I can (though not as well as a real beta reader) spot typos in other people's work, I simply can't in my own if I've written it within a year. I have tried every way I can think of, even reading a chapter backwards, but I find little to nothing. Editing and betaing is IMHO massively difficult and exacting work. I can do that with a chapter I wrote long ago, but I have yet to find a way to do it with a recently written one. I find myself speeding up no matter how hard I concentrate - unless I concentrate so hard on going slow that I miss the very goofs I'm trying to find. But look at the bright side; as Wildone and MikeL are fond of saying, we're fortunate that the last chapter ended in a nice, restful way, and was not in any way a cliffhanger, because that would have made the waiting worse. Exactly right: I have no idea when. I can guess (and I'll do so in this case, at the end of the post) but it's out of my hands. As for how it goes through the team... it varies from chapter to chapter. If there's a lot of sailing tech, I usually run it by RedA first in case it requires a major rewrite. I do often send it out to more than one person at once (it varies) because I've noticed that when I have to manually merge (hand edit) the fixes from one copy into the other, it causes me to reexamine the text and make improvements. But, basically it varies, based on the chapter, plus also the schedules of the various team members. (for example, if one is away and offline, I'll hold off on sending it until they get back, so that they get an updated version). Emoe is indeed very busy, plus this is the equivalent of four chapter's worth of work. To make matters worse, Florida got hit by a tropical storm today (Emoe lives in Florida). Emoe is also very overworked with his real-world job and thus presently has a massive backlog of kneecaps to do. (he breaks them; he's an enforcer with the mafia). You're right, info would be better, and I apologize. The situation is I really don't know so I don't want to make any promises. There's no major problem with the chapter (nothing that I know of, anyway) we're just waiting for Emoe to edit something that's the size of a novella (a LOT of work) amidst being very busy. In my opinion, editing and beta reading is harder than writing, and certainly more unsung. In this case, I hit them with a freaking huge file, the size of four regular chapters. Okay, all I can say right now is I have reason to hope that the chapter will be ready this weekend. I can make no promises here, but that's all I know at the moment.
  15. The F-111 bomber. (I know the F designates a fighter, but the F-111 was no more a fighter than the F-117 stealth "fighter" is. It's a bomber.) There was also (In U.S. service) an electronic warfare variant nicknamed the sparkvark. Aardvarks are interesting creatures. It's be odd to find one in Yucatan though - they're native to Africa. ROFL!!! They borrowed it. Bingo! Yep, Kahn's soliloquy is from Moby Dick.
  16. I agree with you. That's why I try to steer people away from the reviews and into this forum; the reviews system makes multiple reviews, appending reviews, or multiple replies, impossible. It's in the software, there's nothing anyone can do about it. CJ
  17. Ummm, you;re forgetting Australian maths, and how they effect the word count for the primarily-Australian chapters. And, even if we go with the GA stories word count (GA's current software lacks the ability to adjust for Australian maths) it's still true; 560,000 is not the same as 1,100,000. Sorry for the minor spoiler, but I just thought it best to say so, in order to reassure the aardvark-phobic that they have nothing to fear from this chapter. ROFL!!! It was more than the length; I had a lot of things going on, including an exploding water heater that did considerable damage (water makes quite a mess). Plus, I think I spent a lot more time fiddling with the final chapters, because they are the finals. They were also quite complex (as we saw in Doomsday) and required more research time, etc. Thanks for not being mad, though I can't blame those who are. I promised a reasonable posting schedule, and in recent weeks it has been anything but. Well, the one thing we know for sure can't be in any of the chapters; cliffs or cliffhangers. In the final chapter (same as in Doomsday) it's August, 2007. Absolutely true!!! The capitalization issue is just my clumsiness; it's not easy typing with hooves. The real title is "From Hell's Heart" And thus I would never have anything to do with a glacier.
  18. Okay, where the hell is the final chapter (From Hell's HEart)? I don't blame anyone who is mad at me for the delays. I never intended or wanted such huge waits, and I apologize. I apologize too for the lack of updates. I've had internet connection issues on top of a lot else. Now for the chapter. The chapter is through beta (the team did an astounding job!) and it is in Emoe's hands for editing (the final step). Bear in mind it's larger than 4 regular chapters (and thus is a hell of a large thing for the team to have to deal with). In fact, a novel is defined as being over 40,000 words, so this chapter is over half a novel if we use that metric. Such a large chapter takes more time in all ways. I am hopeful that we will have it soon. I WON"T wait for any posting day to post it; once I have it back, I'll get it online. If my internet trouble is still ongoing, that will cause a few hour's delay because I'll need to drive into town with my laptop, but at worst I'll post it within 24 hours of getting it. I also had no idea the final would be such a large chapter, but it is. The same can be said of the whole story; it's far longer (and has taken far longer) than I ever thought. It's not as long as War & Peace, but it's sure a lot longer than I ever thought. BTW, in case anyone has any doubts, this *IS* the final chapter. After it comes the epilogue (I'm working on that now, it's not large). What I plan on doing is having (after the final posts) a forum thread so we can list any loose ends that need addressing in the epilogue (basically, in case I forgot anything). Oh, BTW, a minor spoiler for the final chapter; the word "aardvark" isn't in it. CJ
  19. I've had internet connection trouble. I hope that's a photoshop! Pretty much has to be; he's wearing the wrong kind of shoes, the musculature wrong, and the hang angle is wrong for center of gravity. ACK!!!! As we all know, I would never, ever venture near a cliff!!! Okay, where is the chapter? It's through beta and is in Emoe's hands for editing (the final step). Bear in mind it's larger than 4 regular chapters. In fact, a novel is defined as being over 40,000 words, so this chapter is over half a novel if we use that metric. Such a large chapter takes more time in all ways. I am hopeful that we will have it soon. I WON"T wait for any posting day to post it; once I have it, I'll get it online. If my internet trouble is still ongoing, that will cause a few hour's delay because I'll need to drive into town with my laptop, but at worst I'll post it the same day as I get it. BTW, in case anyone has any doubts, this *IS* the final chapter. After it comes the epilogue (I'm working on that now, it's not large). What I plan on doing is having (after the final posts) a forum thread so we can list any loose ends that need addressing in the epilogue (basically, in case I forgot anything). CJ
  20. There are no cliffhangers in Circumnavigation! Just a quick note to say that the final chapter is now in first-round beta. Yep, I actually got it done and mailed out. No splits, it's the final. It just seemed to work better that way (all in one). It's a lot large then Doomsday; it's the size of four large chapters. (that's one of the reason I took so long; this many words is about a month's worth at normal posting rates). Right now, I urgently need to sleep. I'll come back to the forum in a few hours; I have a lot of catching up to do (I've been spending every spare minute on the chapter lately) CJ
  21. Just a quick note to say that the final chapter is now in first-round beta. Yep, I actually got it done and mailed out. No splits, it's the final. It just seemed to work better that way (all in one). It's a lot large then Doomsday; it's the size of four large chapters. (that's one of the reason I took so long; this many words is about a month's worth at normal posting rates). Right now, I urgently need to sleep. I'll come back to the forum in a few hours; I have a lot of catching up to do (I've been spending every spare minute on the chapter lately) CJ
  22. I am disgusted with myself for taking so long. I apologize. If I was a reader I'd be pissed, no ifs and or buts about it. (I promised a schedule, and recent dealyas have been way the hell out of bounds.) I also promised updates on how it was going, and I failed on that as well. I can give some reasons... My life pretty well blew up a few weeks ago, and my water heater literally did. I was just getting back in the groove last week when I came down with severe food poisoning that lasted for days (I did go to the doctor and am recovering). I had a host of other stuff going on as well, like garage door opener falling on my SUV, just minor stuff that alone would be minor, but all together with the rest made for, well, a mess. I'll also add that I had a computer issue related to the food poisoning. To avoid bothering the squeamish, let's just say that I learned the hard way it wasn't a good idea to be working on the chapter with food poisoning, and I had to do some major cleaning of my keyboard before I could do anything more with this PC (I don't have a spare compatible keyboard). I have been working on the chapter. It's unfortunately large; larger than Doomsday, so we're probably looking at four chapter's worth (and yes, it's still the final). I guess it has elephantiasis; I didn't think it would be this large. (I utterly suck at estimating such things). I've also been within a day (I thought) of finishing it for over a week. My current guess is it goes to the first Beta Saturday, but I'll try to see if I can wrap it today (Friday). I've been putting every bit of time I can in on this; that's part of why I haven't been online for so long, not even in this forum that I love so much. I am truly ver sorry for all of this. To those that I owe PMs and emails to, and also for those waiting for replies to forum posts, please give me a couple of days until I finish this chapter. Sorry. CJ
  23. Dean's landfall; here's a moving GIF of the IR imagery. The eye center makes landfall about a mile and a half south of Majahaul. Majahaul, BTW, is better known for its cruise port, Costa Maya, which is little more than a pier and a shopping complex. Costa Maya (and Majahaul) was largely obliterated by Dean. I can attest to this firsthand; I was in Costa Maya a few months before, and also a few weeks after, Dean hit. (the first on a cruise, the second on a private boat). BTW, a close look at a map will show a little tiny (well, 30 miles wide) issue with the "ride to landfall" scenario. It's called Banco Chinchorro. It's about 20 miles offshore, and it's a massive reef complex that includes a few cays. It's almost 30 miles from north to south. In the eye, they cannot go around it, and the eye tracks right over it (it extends well north and south of the maximum width of the eye). And their chances of surviving a cat5 on an exposed reef or cay? 0. CJ
  24. You mean that if the wait is any longer, the current chapter might be considered a cliffy? YIPES!!! Okay, I'll redouble my efforts and get it done! Maybe even cut that 48 hours to 24... As for what caused the garage door problem... it was gravity. (I'll explain lower down). Does that line from Melville have anything to do with the final chapter? Why yes, yes it does. (Good catch!!) I think you're right. I did forget the birthday present, and who knows what other little details, so I'm going to wait in the epilogue until we've had a thread on it. You're right, the car and garage problems are related, but this time it wasn't me. (I'll get to that below) The garage door opener had a major malfunction; mounting bracket failure. It yanked the door off the tracks as well as a large part of itself off the ceiling, and thus did some damage to my SUV as well as making the door unusable for a bit (I now have it working again, though manually). I also had an exhaust leak (unrelated) on the SUV to fix. The only thing I have absolutely guaranteed is that each and every chapter of Circumnavigation is utterly and entirely cliffhanger-free. Oh, and also that the story will conclude in less than 100 chapters, and before the end of December, 2012. Beyond that, I make no guarantees. I didn't drive into the garage door. Not this time, anyway. A few years ago, I raised the SUV (to increase ground clearance) and had new, larger tires put on it. I drove home, thrilled with the higher ground clearance (I need it in my area, I spend a lot of time on old mining trails) and pulled into my garage. Or tried. I'd neglected one little details: keeping the height of my SUV less than the height of the header beam of my garage door opening. I was informed of this detail by a resounding Crunch as I drove in - or tried to. I made it about halfway. The SUV was less than in inch too tall, but that was plenty. The light bar and cargo rails hit the beam. I ended up having to fix the damage and then put on different light bar lights (lower profile). It would have been far better (and less noisy) had I thought of the height issue first. Ooops. There's also one other little detail to take care of; what's left of the cartel (their people in Colombia, Bahamas, etc) want Trevor and Shane dead. But that, like their little conundrum of being stuck in the eye, are issues concluded in the next (the final) chapter. However, look at the bright side; while in the eye, Atlantis and her crew are totally safe from the cartel.
  25. Fast update; I've been sideswiped by a series of minor issues; a flood from a failed water heater, my recent short trip, internet connection trouble, a failed dishwasher, car trouble, a wrecked garage door, and a problem with my well. All of it is stuff that I have to fix while working more than full time, so I've been busier than a one-armed paper hanger. The chapter (the final one!) is almost done. I expect to have it in beta within 48 hours, providing nothing else explodes. I'm not waiting for any date... it'll post the day the team finishes with it. For the epilogue... I'm seriously considering having that as a later post instead of alongside the final. This would mean we'd get the final online sooner, and it'd also allow me to have a thread for posting any loose ends that the final does not clear up, so they can be added to the epilogue. (in other words, anything I forgot, such as small details.). One example; what did Trevor's mother get him for his birthday? I'll be adding that. The title of the final chapter is "From Hell's Heart". And BTW, expect a large chapter... a very large chapter.
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