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Alright.
 
Permuted has given me the go-ahead to post an update on the work as it goes. I also think it's safe to say that I have the job until someone in the publishing world says otherwise, though my identity is to stay under wraps.
 
It's Tuesday today, but who updates weekly progress on Tuesday? I'll post last week's progress today, and then offical updates will be given on Fridays (or Saturdays, depending on the state of my memory).
 
The way I have the manuscript split up, there will be a Prologue, thirteen chapters, and an Epilogue. As long as I can edit this first post, we should be all good.
 
So, here we go:
 
APrologue4160
1Catching Up5230
2Daily Grind7820
3Bite Marks and Dog Food9400
4Fight or Flight10530
5Architecture of Aggression4360
6Reveille5140
7The Big Break-Up6740
8Abraham Burning6050
9One Stop Shopping6200
10The Fac8700
11Calm Before7800
12The Storm13300
13Mettle4400
ZEpilogue1600 

 
Keep in mind that some of these chapter titles are temporary until something better comes along, and some of them are as Z named them and will stay that way.
 
Sometime in the future, I will post snippets of the work for your consumption.
 
Excelsior!

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Sweet!! 

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Nice.  11 and 12 being titled "Calm Before" and "The Storm."  That's ssooo Z.

Thanks, buddy!

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WEDNESDAY:

Poring over Chapter One and making notes as I go, trying to be sure I can keep track of who's with whom and what they're up to. Watching carefully for instances of foreshadowing. Also scanning hard for a turn of phrase that will inform the chapter title.

The editor in me is also making changes to the MS as I go, correcting the narrator's voice where needed, but leaving the characters alone. I'm making a file of things people say to keep their voices consistent for parts that I'll have to fill in.

And listening to rock and roll as I type, because it suits.

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it helps if you smoke a lot too....listen to rock n roll, and think about boobies...even little ones...gawd I miss Z


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it helps if you smoke a lot too....listen to rock n roll, and think about boobies...even little ones...gawd I miss Z

Don't forget to have a beer.  He would've done that, too.


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This thread....it has finally hit me how final...
....I am sitting here bawling like a little baby..


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THURSDAY:
 
Working with a couple of different drafts of a single scene to include them both, but to do that I'll have to add a couple more crew members from the Ramage. It shouldn't be an issue, since they're redshirts, but I want at least one of them to have an impact on the story, and I want it to be tributory to Z. Ah, decisions, decisions.
 
Took a look at the Facebook update that Jacob made and was a little dismayed at the people that don't want to see the book done. On the one hand, I also think that whatever I write won't fit exactly Z's words or choices, but on the other hand, I'm a great fan of the MSS, and my proposal made somebody (besides just Jacob) happy, or I wouldn't be working on it at all.
 
I guess the only thing I can do is to endeavor to persevere. I'm going to think about that a long time, "endeavor to persevere." And when I've thought about it long enough, I'll declare war on the RSA.

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Well there are many of us who are very excited about you doing this book!  I can't wait!

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THURSDAY:
 
Working with a couple of different drafts of a single scene to include them both, but to do that I'll have to add a couple more crew members from the Ramage. It shouldn't be an issue, since they're redshirts, but I want at least one of them to have an impact on the story, and I want it to be tributory to Z. Ah, decisions, decisions.
 
Took a look at the Facebook update that Jacob made and was a little dismayed at the people that don't want to see the book done. On the one hand, I also think that whatever I write won't fit exactly Z's words or choices, but on the other hand, I'm a great fan of the MSS, and my proposal made somebody (besides just Jacob) happy, or I wouldn't be working on it at all.
 
I guess the only thing I can do is to endeavor to persevere. I'm going to think about that a long time, "endeavor to persevere." And when I've thought about it long enough, I'll declare war on the RSA.


there is always going to be people that say it should not/have be/been done. Personally, from the time I talked to Z here, I think he probably would have wanted someone to finish it, as long as it was true to the chracters, the story, and the fans. People are going to read the 3rd book extremely objectively, so you should prepare yourself for that. It's a hard situation to step into. I have faith in you, and as long as you're doing your best to finish the book in Z's image, I don't think anything bad can come of it.

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I am glad someone is going to finish the book.  Unfortunatelly it sounds like not alot of the book was finished before Z passed away.

I was hoping it was just going to take a little work here and there, add a paragraph or 2 or edit this or that.

Again I am not upset by any of this because I am glad it is going to get done, but in my mind the book was 90% done with just a little work that needed to be done.

I am sure it will be good and it sounds like you are putting ALOT of thought into what to do and how to keep it 'as Z' as possible.  And I personally appreciate the hell out of that.

Good luck and thank you for the updates.

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Screw the naysayers. Keep plugging away. 
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In my experience, the people w/ negative things to say are usually the most vocal so I wouldn't worry about them much.  If some people don't want to read it, nobody is gonna force them to so F'em.  For what it's worth I am really looking forward to it.  Thanks for the diligence...  

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Thanks for your hard work and the updates! I am a big fan of MSS and I am looking forward to the 3rd book....... I think there have been some great suggestions about the 3rd book and cannot WAIT for your teasers!

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FRIDAY:
 
Wordcount updated. Work proceeds apace on the filling-out of Chapter One. Research continues on a piece of hardware I saw a thing about on the Military Channel. This week I talked to someone at the CDC about viruses and vaccines (and the making thereof) and the information I got jibes with what I have planned for the end.
 
The writing playlist is rife with new Danzig and Black Label Society. Heavy sounds for heavy words.

 
EDIT: Thank you everyone for your support and words. Teasers coming soon.
 
EDIT EDIT: Titles in green are complete, titles in red are works in progress. Expect to see more green come next Friday.

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Did Zed ever confirm or has he included the chat about A10 Warthogs making an appearance?

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There is nothing about the A-10 in the manuscript. However, if the occassion warrants and the plot permits, there may be room for a GAU-Avenger, and Offutt AFB is just outside Omaha...


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"Abraham Burning"....  
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A snippet from the opening of Chapter One:

A low rumble and the sudden storm cloud of billowing black smoke rising above the Kansan trees did not bode well for the group of men taking a hard trail east. It smelled of oil, burning rubber, and death—and it was right in their path.
 
Work continues. I guess Saturday is teaser day, then. I'll be posting small (very small) bits of whatever chapter is under the spotlight.

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SUNDAY:
 
Finally finalized the new crewmembers from the Ramage. I plan to swap some of the names around from the two drafts so that there's an even mix of Z-created characters living and dying in both.
 
An ex-tanker I know has told me stories of tank mechanics he knew to help me with Hal a little. And, as further tribute to Z, his story about his grandfather in the trenches is going in...after I clear it with the family. More on that as it progresses.
 
I'm currently traveling, and I wish I'd had room to pack my copies of Plague and T&A. Curses!

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If you're looking for crewmembers for the Ramage, the name "Hunter" is a pretty good name....
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How about using our names hahaha...creeper, kidd, indigo etc etc...thatd rawk


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Kid you are a shameless whore ......I love the idea. 
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Spectre? As in Mass Effect Spectre? lol awesome...Everything sounds good so far...everyone has hit the important points...I'm sure you wont let us down Spectre!


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PotentialSpectre, as in Potential Ghost writer of Survivors.

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