Day 8. 114 pages, 49,902 words.
Overslept this morning and was left with barely an hour of writing time before I had to come to work. Still, I guess I needed the sleep after the weekend. As mentioned, the weekend went well.
As I have not yet mentioned, the weekend also involved a pub quiz. I didn’t get a chance to scan it and may do so later, but it was fun. And this time, after many trials and tribulations and frustrations, our boy Mr. BRKN won the day. Scraping past with 11 points, to beat Kristiina’s 9.
His prize was a magnificent limited-edition variant cover version of Molran, or as I had redubbed it, Molran: A Tale of the Final Fall of Man and Sexy Times in Space.
In the style of Spider-Woman variant covers (and we’ve all talked about them before on this blog…), I asked the vastly talented and humorous M.A. “Cat Protocol” Tyrskyluoto to create a variant that was hilariously sexually exploitative and sleazy. We settled on a scene from one of the editors’ favourites in the book: Waffa and Contro “looking for toffee” in the transpersion core.
I sent sketches and descriptions to Cat, and we fine-tuned this a bit. I think Contro is a little more manly and rugged than he would actually look, but this was because Cat tried the picture with as-is Contro and the whole thing suddenly looked super child-molesty. So this was the beautiful compromise.
Amazing work. I am only including the image here, where the cover also included the title and stuff. Obviously.
It is also worth noting that, had anyone actually read the note at the end of Molran, they could easily have won the quiz. The first page is multiple choice and you can score 15 points there, and the second page has four bonus questions that are short-answer. Two points each for an easy 8 points. Add a couple of points from the multiple choice section (which most people who take the quiz get by just guessing), and you would easily have beaten the pathetic 11-point winning score.
 There’s usually a clear cut-off, with most quiz-takers getting between 2 and 4 points (props to Bella this time around for getting 5, despite only being on Drednanth right now) and the editors getting between 9 and 12.
 Did I stutter?
Anyway, this time around I had put the answers to the bonus section inside the note at the end of the book. Anyone could have found them.
Hopefully this will keep people on their toes for next time.