C'mon ... you really didn't think I'd send poor Pat back to the other timeline, did you? :)
I did truncate chapter 58 slightly to resolve the cliffhanger as soon as possible. The remainder of that chapter will be 59, and it might be a little shorter than recent chapters.
I mentioned in an earlier entry that I had some already written material in hand. It now looks like bits of chapters 61 and 62 are already written, and 63 and 64 are complete and just about ready to go. I'll probably move quickly at that point, and post them in short order.
At about chapter 68 (roughly), I'll arrive at the point where I hit the fast-forward button. I might cover the next 20 years in, say, 7 or 8 chapters. When I get close to 2007, which was Pat's send-back point, I'll slow down again. That's as much as I'm willing to divulge. :)
I still expect the final version of Lightning in a Bottle to have between 80 and 90 chapters.
One more heads-up: from the Christmas holidays through the month of January, real life will have much of my attention, so don't be surprised if the updates are few and far between at the time.