Some minor change of plans. The auspiciously numbered Chapter 42: May is almost done (not actually subtitled ‘oh no, Brad, no‘) and then I’ll launch into 43: June – The Tor Boycott. Now my plan was always to pause a bit between June and July and look at some general issues. I’d planned a review of Kary English’s Totalled (one of the best items on the slates IMHO) and I’d also planned an EPH chapter on its own. I’ve folded EPH into the main chapters and instead of a single review, I’m making a chapter about the fan reviews of the puppy slated works. I may do a more general fan interaction chapter as well, we’ll see. I feel by May/June the whole thing was becoming less about a few big names arguing and more about fans reacting and trying to take control over events. I’d like to give a feel of that which is a bit richer than just saying “there were a lot of comments”.
Then back to July with a relatively short chapter. There maybe three chapters for August:
- Stuff prior to Worldcon including the Antonelli-Spokane Police thing
- Sasquan as an event
- The Hugo Ceremony
After that we drop the month-by-month format and look at the aftermath (possibly two chapters if there is a sensible thematic divide).
Then just when everybody feels safe, Donald Trump turns up in a Meanwhile… chapter which brings Debarkle Part 4 to a close.
Part 5 will then cover 2016-2017 and the decline of the Puppy campaigns.
Chance of finishing by the end of the year? Still possible. I give it 50/50 but I’m happy with the current pace even if I’m behind on typos.
Oh, and a provisional “second draft” collected version of Parts 1 & 2 is on its way.