Monday Stumbling Blearily Into a Dunkin Donuts
“Proverbs of Hell” will run tomorrow because I forgot to screenshot the images on my desktop before leaving the house for a laptop-only day. So instead we bring you a general update on where the site is, since we let the two year anniversary pass without any real mention. There’s a fair amount to cover, but let’s start with blog stuff, as it’s where things get interesting. Obviously Proverbs of Hell is my current project. It’ll run more or less uninterrupted until late February. After that, my desired next project is the Peter Capaldi era of TARDIS Eruditorum.
Yup. It’s happening. Well, hopefully. RIght now it’s the $300 goal on the Patreon, which is at $283. I’m not really worried about it hitting $300 for new TARDIS Eruditorum. But what I’m curious whether we can make the $350 goal happen. At $300 I’ll blog all the episodes from Deep Breath through Twice Upon a Time, but just those. At $350 you’ll get all the other bits – the Pop Between Realities, the Outside the Governments, and the You Were Expecting Someone Elses. (And maybe a Time Can Be Rewritten. We’ll see if there’s any rewritten time in time.) I suspect a lot of whether that happens is going to come down to where the Patreon is in early February when the big push towards the finish line happens. If we enter February well past $300, I think $350 is doable. So if you want me to write about Rick and Morty, The Lego Movie, Blackstar, Class, or the Titan comics, consider tossing a dollar or two into the Patreon now.
Book-wise, I’m mostly in crunch on Neoreaction a Basilisk, which is now to the point where I’m out of “this book outright cannot be published in this state” issues and down exclusively to “I’d like to fix a few more things about it” issues. It’s not quite to “it’ll be out any day now,” but it’ll go to “any day now” any day now. There’ll be an announcement here, obviously. And in January or February I’ll run a Kickstarter for TARDIS Eruditorum Volume 7. This’ll be the model for all EP books going forward, for the basic reason that it’s easier to plan a workflow around and I make more money that way.
Once Neoreaction a Basilisk is out the door, I’ll finally get back to Last War in Albion. My hope is that I’ll be able to run Chapters 7-12 of Book Two before I run out of Capaldi Eruditorum, and that Book Three will then take over as the weekly blogging project, but we’ll see how feasible that turns out to be. But Chapter 7 will probably drop in early 2018 – I expect to start work on it, like, next week.
So basically, the theme for 2018 around here is going to be getting back to the classics.
Meanwhile, we’ve finally got Jack back from his long exile writing about the Austrian School of Economics. You’ve seen the offcuts of that essay over the past few weeks, and you can get the whole thing when Neoreaction a Basilisk drops, but if you want to read it right now, today (and why not – no Proverbs of Hell to read) you should toss some money at his Patreon, where it’s currently available for all backers. I recommend it; it’s the best thing he’s ever done.
I’ve also gotten word of what Josh’s next big project is going to be, and man, I can’t wait.
So that’s where we are. Thanks for reading, and I’ll have some Proverbs for you tomorrow.
December 4, 2017 @ 7:22 pm
A magical ritual to make it so 2016 and 2017 never happened
December 5, 2017 @ 1:18 am
2018: Get back to the hits, and we all get to hit back.
December 5, 2017 @ 10:09 am
I so wish I could pay you more on Patreon to make the 350$ goal and the full Capaldi era Eruditorum happen. But I can’t, so fingers crossed for the rich people out there. (A sentence I never thought I’d write).
December 5, 2017 @ 11:26 am
What about the Tardis Eurditorum books? When can we expect the Slyvester McCoy book?
(And a rough schedule for all the later books would be nice too)
December 5, 2017 @ 3:27 pm
The news you seek is in the post. Well, at least the McCoy bit of it. I don’t feel like I can commit to a future schedule, especially because I don’t know where things like Last War in Albion v2 or any number of side projects might come into the schedule.
December 5, 2017 @ 9:39 pm
Oh yeah, oops. Completely missed that.
December 5, 2017 @ 12:45 pm
Well, if you’re going to write about important stuff again, you can have some of my hard-earned capitalist dollars! Unless they go in taxes…
Looking forward to supporting the Kickstarter for TARDIS Eruditorum Volume 7. Any rough time line on publication of the remaining volumes ?
December 6, 2017 @ 9:52 am
Thanks for plugging my new project 🙂 I’m happy you’re excited for it because I am over the moon with anticipation. It’s been driving me nuts having to sit on this all year, and I still have to wait until April! I hope all our readers will be excited too.
Since we’re doing updates, I thought I’d throw a few of my own. As I’ve been literally filling time this year between projects and have been preoccupied with YouTube, my posting here is still going to be pretty sporadic until April. This doesn’t mean I won’t keep my regular posting schedule until then, but I don’t have any immediate plans for a big longform blog project until I can start writing The Surprise Book in earnest.
Permanent Saturday will continue on a semiregular basis (basically whenever Garfield does something I feel is oversignified enough to warrant an essay, or I feel particularly inspired to go back through the archive). There’s still one, maybe two essays left in the Hyrule Haeresis series, and I’m hoping to get one of them out this month. If you want to know when, ask Nintendo when the next expansion pack for Breath of the Wild drops. Pro tip: Go and match up the post dates for Hyrule Haeresis essays with release dates of Legend of Zelda games and DLC.
Also! Vaka Rangi is not dead! Last time I talked about that I said I couldn’t find my way to an angle on the late-90s material. Since I wrote that over the summer I’ve now gotten to the point where I may finally have a workable structure for a hypothetical Volume 5 that would take us all the way through Enterprise, though it’s still going to be more complex and ambitious than anything I’ve done with Vaka Rangi before. I can’t say when I’ll start work on that book, and while it probably won’t be before I start The Surprise Book, it also won’t be “an indefinite period of time before the heat death of the universe” either.
Also, I’m hoping to get Volume 3 (covering seasons 2-5 of Star Trek: The Next Generation) out in book form sometime in Winter-Early Spring 2018 (most of the editing is done already anyway as it’s largely content that was cut from the book version of Volume 2. Still no Dirty Pair though, sorry) and Volume 4 (covering Star Trek: The Next Generation seasons 6 and 7 and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine seasons 1 and 2) out by Fall 2018. But don’t hold me to that.
And yes, I know there’s a new Star Trek show on the air. I know everyone expects me to say something about it. Let me just say outright that Star Trek Discovery doesn’t interest me, though I do feel obligated to make some sort of comment. It will definitely get acknowledged in the hypothetical Book 5, but I can’t promise to say anything more extensive about it before then.
As far as recent Star Trek stuff goes, frankly this has piqued my curiosity the most of anything: https://deadline.com/2017/12/quentin-tarantino-star-trek-movie-jj-abrams-1202220032/
Apart from that I’ve got the rest of December more or less sorted at least. But I’ll tell you, April cannot come soon enough.
December 8, 2017 @ 10:05 am
I can’t wait to see what you will (eventually) make of what was, for me, one of the biggest surprises of the Moffat era: the fact that after setting up the Doctor’s search for Gallifrey in “The Day of the Doctor” as a new direction for the series… Moffat then brought the planet back just two seasons later. And he then promptly discarded it. In a way that’s typical of his love for narrative substitution, but it was still quite an interesting decision to make.