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Feb. 23rd, 2009 (UTC)

A rather belated word of support, but I still find it hard to believe that anyone who is a fan of your work would engage in anything more than good-natured ribbing about the writing schedule. I'll just offer a thought about scheduling from my own field, software. The rule of thumb in software scheduling is that you figure out how long you think it will take, then double it and up the units by one level. So if you think it'll take two days, the resulting estimate is four weeks. (The actual process, I've found, is that I use this method, my boss reacts with shock, I revise it downward to a more "reasonable" time, and it ends up taking as long as I originally estimated. But I digress.)

Perhaps you could offer this process to your critics as a method of translating your informal projections into time estimates. That way they can be pleasantly surprised when the book arrives in less than sixteen years. :-)

The rest of us will just continue to understand how lucky we are to have it whenever it arrives.

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