*posts update eager to complete book*
*immediately cuts off the tip of my thumb with a mandoline*
Well that sucked. Here's where we're at.
After a lot of laboring and frustration, I've decided to cut one of the book's stories, THE SURVEY. I just couldn't get it to come together like I wanted and at this point it's dragging the whole book down with it.
With it gone, there are only two chunks left to do: eight pages of THE SMOKE RUNNER and four of A BRIEF HISTORY OF CLOUDS, plus endpapers, copyright page, etc. I'm working on those now and hope to have them mostly finished and a PDF copy out to backers at the $100 level by the end of June. I'm also getting new quotes from printers.
As I said in the last update: if you feel like this book has taken too long (it has) and you don't feel like waiting any more, I will refund your pledge no questions asked up until the moment I send the book to the printer. I owe you that much at least.