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In which Raven gets plot all over the place, and Thad asks the obvious question. All of this is vital stuff for the next book in the series – why ETL is relocating as much of the population as it can instead of leaving them to fend for themselves will be answered either there or in the still-hypothetical Dead City Radio Six.


This page is going up a few days earlier than planned for a couple of reasons – as stated previously I’m not happy with how the last page turned out so I’m cutting its run on the front page short for my own peace of mind. Today is also a holiday, of sorts, and those are traditionally ATC work days and posting days. After a few weeks of all but ignoring ATC to enjoy The Witcher 3 it’s time to get back to the grind. Much as I wish it were otherwise, this thing ain’t gonna finish itself.

Blog: Send Me Your Money!

In early May I created a Patreon account. I’ve made it thirteen years without asking for help, and if I want ATC to keep going, well… I’m gonna need all the help I can get. I’m gonna need you to send me your money!

Apologies to Suicidal Tendencies – the song popped into my head while writing copy for Patreon and it seemed like a great opener for the related ATC blog post (this bit here), so I ran with it.

This post establishes the existence of the Patreon account and firms up the ATC production roadmap. The roadmap is planned to be the first blog post to the account once I take it live. I feel that it reads a lot like a pitch for a fixed amount of funding – a budget, if you will – and in some ways it is. While ATC was planned as a seven book thing and for a very long time was dreamed of as an ongoing series, I can’t see past the end of the current book. It has been in production since 2007. ATC is a trilogy until it’s done. I have to finish it; I can’t move on with my life until I do. I can not see or plan for what comes after it until I, myself, am after it. I am Ahab. Creative fatigue and financial stress have really put the zap on me. My costs are fixed. My freelance income is not. Freelance is a fickle beast – on the one hand pants are optional on the other the work commands and utterly exhausts the creative impulse. I am asking you to buy time. The more you pledge the more time I’ll have to spend on ATC instead of some hungrier thing. The faster this particular leg of the project isĀ done the faster we’ll get to see what comes next.

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