It’s been a while since I last gave a State of the Novel, (the novel in this case being the 5 part trilogy I call The Phantom of the Earth). It excites me to announce that my website is up and running, if not completely filled in. Check it out at raedenzen.com and be sure to sign up for the newsletter. (I don’t expect to send many emails so don’t worry about spam.) It dismays me to announce another delay in the release of The Song of the Jubilee. Seems no matter how many coffee runs I make, (have I single handedly helped Starbucks make Wall Street estimates for the last 15 quarters?), I can’t get the story to the point where I’m ready to launch it on Amazon. My team has expanded in both size and quality over the last few weeks, additions that have led me to reconsider aspects of The Phantom of the Earth that I think will improve the fictional dream. The consequence is that The Song of the Jubilee might not be available in 2014. I can’t really give a firm date at this point, because I’m unsure how many changes after Erin Wilcox’s Round 2 of editing there will be. Anyway, I am stoked to announce the following additions to the team: concept artist (and widely known matte painter) Daniel Kvasznicza, concept artist Juan Carlos Barquet (AG Riddle’s Origin Series), Synthetic Biologist Dr. George M. Church (of Harvard University) and formatting specialist Polgarus Studio. (I also have a lunch with Dr. Harris Wang of Columbia University scheduled for August 4th and I can’t wait to discuss The Phantom of the Earth and his work in Synthetic Biology.) While the scientific additions to the team have led to the latest delay, I’m sure the suggestions will lend to the quality of the project and enhance the experience for readers who enjoy a fascinating speculative fiction romp.