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January 13, 2013
Posted at 12:08 am
Updated: January 13, 2013 - 12:12 am

A few words about Chapter 33

The recently posted Chapter 33 seemed to generate extreme reactions from those readers who were kind enough to offer feedback. They either loved it or hated it. The comments were nowhere near as overwhelmingly negative as the ones I got in response to Pat's dark period after his big blowup. But the negative remarks were every bit as vehement.

Many felt that Julia's dumping of Pat was unrealistically abrupt and out of character. I guess I can understand that, to a degree. There was one extenuating factor, though, that you don't yet know about. You'll find it out in the next chapter. Hint: I foreshadowed it when I first introduced Julia, way back in chapter 25. :)

Reading between the lines a little, I think there may be a worry out there that another dark period for Pat lies ahead. But you already have a clue about that. Look at Pat's reaction when Julia dropped the bomb on him. Did he blow up? No. In fact, his response was quite cool and measured. So, maybe there's hope for him yet. You'll have to wait till the next chapter goes up to find out how he reacted in the longer term.

I enjoyed writing that chapter; a lot of cool things happened. Inez's parents survived the accident this time. Pat made up with Evie. And Pat made a decision to tell his time-travel secrets to someone else.

Chapter 34 is in the queue to go up on Monday, 1/14. Chapter 35 is complete and ready to go, too; I have it scheduled to go up on Monday, 1/21. Right now, I'm putting the finishing touches on Chapter 36. You can see that my backlog is down to almost nothing, which explains why I'm taking longer and longer to post each new chapter.