I just submitted Chapter 6 of The Ark for posting.
The Ark has 22 chapters. Chapters 1 thru 8 establish the foundation of the story and I like to think that my readers will find them enjoyable. However, starting with Chapter 9, I will be presenting a series of events relating to what happened during Jon's efforts to finish construction of the Ark, stock it with the provisions and materials that the Ark Society will need to rebuild civilization, and gather the people who will take shelter in the Ark. I believe my readers will find these chapters even more interesting than the first 8 chapters.
Chapter 22 is the end of Part 1 of this story. I am planning a Part 2 and will decide later whether I should actually write the sequel. That decision will be made on several factors, which include my level of involvement in the other stories I am developing and reader response to the 1st part of the story.
I have received numerous emails informing me that my readers want me to write a sequel to Opening Earth. I am currently writing that sequel and have completed the draft version of about 12 chapters. I expect the sequel will exceed 20 chapters, but I have so many ideas for Doug and his entourage to address that it may exceed 30 chapters. I estimate the development time for these chapters to be 5-8 months, and then another month or so for proofreading and editing the chapters. It may be ready for posting in about 10 months. If I decide to defer some of the content for a Part 3, I may start posting earlier than that.
I started a Part 2 for Time Scope and completed the first 3-4 chapters, and I also started several other stories. When I need a break from the sequel of Opening Earth Part 2, I will work on one or more of those stories.
A couple of weeks ago, I got the idea for a short story and made a few notes for future development. Last weekend, I decided to work on the story and I finished the first draft. It still needs review, proofreading, and editing. It may also require some rewrite based on the comments I receive from Kiwi Chris.
I thank all of you for the comments I have received up to this point of The Ark. I especially appreciate the comments regarding my grammatical oversights and the OPPs that I made on the story. I have updated the chapters accordingly and will repost them at a later time.