I am now 6,500 words into Ch. 90 (plus 8,800 words for Ch. 88-89). Please don’t expect much progress during April 2013 since MIRI is holding a major math workshop that’s going to consume basically all of my existence from April 3-24. After that there should be more hope. Writing has been going relatively fast on the few days I’ve been able to do it!
I was recently in the middle of a first read of The Truth, a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett; and then I switched in midday to rereading Harry Potter and the Natural 20 by Sir Poley and realized that HPN20 is funnier, more gripping, and just generally better. Now The Truth is not shaping up to be the best Discworld novel Pratchett ever wrote and I wouldn’t necessarily say that HPN20 was funnier than Sourcery or more gripping than Mort but still, on side-by-side comparison HPN20 seems like it would be considered at least average for a Terry Pratchett novel if Terry Pratchett had written it. I just thought Sir Poley might enjoy hearing that particular opinion of mine, which may or may not be shared by any particular reader. And HPN20 just finished Harry and Milo’s first year, so it’s a good time to read or reread.
The next Progress Report will appear on May 1st, 2013 at 7PM Pacific Time.