The story begins...

Welcome to the glitzy, murky world of 1946 Hollywood, a smoggy film-noir landscape filled with glamourous starlets, flamboyantly corrupt studio heads, and wicked, pampered cats with hidden agendas; a city of unsolved murders, snoopy screenwriters, scheming PR flacks, and a shadowy, celebrity-ridden cult dabbling in knowledge better left alone -- knowledge which could destroy the world's present and doom its future, if the dreadful promise of the Year of the Black Jaguar is fulfilled...

"Big Meow" afterthought: of course people can still subscribe!

DD says:

Over the past few days we've had a bunch of people ask via email or my Twitter account if they can still subscribe to the project -- either because they want an early copy of the paperback, or just want to be a part of the project.

Well, sure, why not? So we've restored the subscription buttons to a spot in the left-hand column, under the "search box." People who subscribe get immediate access to the online chapters (or can download ebook versions of the entire novel in Kindle / .mobi or Nook / iPad / ePub format) and will naturally have their names (or preferred handles or IDs) listed in the final print edition of the book as project supporters.

Also, the buttons have been updated for people who're already subscribed to the paperback version and want to upgrade to a hardcover, or want a hardcover with dustjacket as well. Those buttons are at this link.

Meanwhile, if you're already a subscriber and haven't heard from us with the new login info, please use the contact form at to let us know, and the staff will be in touch with you ASAP.

Thanks again, everybody!

A "Big Meow" update: freerange date change, ebooks, etc

First: thanks so much to everybody who's written me about the book. The sheer kindness of all of you has been really touching.

Since the announcement went up on the 2nd we've been going through some annoying technical hitches, mostly involving problems with file uploads, which in turn delayed the last chapters going up. These problems have been resolved (not in the way I would have preferred, which involved our hosting provider's servers and a sledgehammer...) and everything is fine now, with all chapters in place in both PDF and html formats, as was done in the ancient day.

However, this delay has thrown a spanner in the works regarding the date on which the book goes online-freerange, as many subscribers have not seen the final text as yet. Additionally, a lot of folks have changed email addresses, and many many availability notifications have bounced back to us. Therefore, while we contiunue tracking people down, I've decided not to let the book go freerange until later in the month: specifically, February 23rd. I hope all the non-subscribing readership will understand that I feel it fair to make every possible effort for the subscribers to be the first to see what they've waited so long for. Meanwhile, if you're reading this and haven't heard from us as we slog our way through the old database, please use the contact form to get in touch so we can mail you your user info and let you get at the end of the book.

Now comes some more technical stuff. The ebook versions of the complete text, for subscribers only, will be going up later today in the protected directory. Right now we have Kindle / .mobi and Nook / iPad / whatever .ePub formats ready to go. If any subscribers reading this have requests for other formats, please use the contact form at to let us know, and we'll see if we can accommodate you. Also, as before, if you have misplaced your subscription info or haven't heard from us yet, please use the contact form to message Lee, who will get the username / password info our to you as quickly as possible.

(PS: the cover image on the right is a placeholder. We have a request from an old friend of the project who is also a very gifted (and increasingly well-known) artist who's interested in doing the final cover, which delights me. As soon as she and I hammer out the details, we'll announce it here.)

"The Big Meow": Completion

From DD:


This is to let the world in general know that the final chapters of The Big Meow, third and last in the Feline Wizards sequence, are now going online for the subscribers to the project. Beyond that bald fact, there’s a whole lot more to be said.

First of all, let me apologize. (And there will be apologies at the end of this, too, and some in the middle.) This project will doubtless be the strongest candidate in any possible contest for the worst-managed online novel publication project in history. If there’s any way to mess up such a proceeding that I’ve missed, even the kindest observer would have to be tempted to suggest that it wasn’t for lack of trying.

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