The first draft took several months, and it got scrapped because it wasn't what I needed it to be. There were a great number of good ideas, and several things were resolved, but it had little density. Besides, first drafts aren't for releasing, they're for finishing and discarding. Why? It's where you make all your terrible plot mistakes, that's why.
I started writing draft 2 and realized that I was writing from the middle of the book, that not enough time had passed for the characters and there was a lot of good stuff left on the floor. I stopped everything, picked up the pieces and started the current draft.
So far, this draft is going to be released. My editor is thrilled, there's incredible density, meaning that every chapter is significant, and the dialog is singing. Things are clicking, and I'm writing as much as I can every day. I've been working on this draft since December and I'm about half way through it. I honestly believe I haven't written better, ever. That's over two million words of writing in my life that don't measure up to what I'm doing right now.
While I'm working on this, the Spinward Fringe universe is opening to thousands of new readers thanks to Amazon listing Origins for free in the US and the UK. About a thousand copies are being downloaded per day. The launch of the printed version of Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins as well as the opening of the Spacerwares store are impending. There are about eight people patiently waiting for their prizes to land, and it's looking like things will be roughly on time. You'll be getting the first T-Shirts, hot off the presses.
During the next month there will be more news about the store, and some real information about the as-yet-unnamed miniature production studio. I just secured enough moolah to get the basics and if my older PC sells, then I'll be off to a good start.
I hope this update gives everyone a better picture of how things are going. Thank you so much for hanging in there, I'm doing everything I can to make sure it's worth the wait.
[Getting back to work on Broadcast 7 right now...]