But I actually finished writing 'Da Dan Brown Code' a couple of weeks ago, so now there's no doubt about it having an ending. The actual ending might change slightly - hardly a chapter gets uploaded without some tweak here, fiddle there - but in essence the book is finished.
It will be published shortly after the serialisation, probably mid January 2012. Some of the final tasks have been completed, such as the final title - 'Da Dan Brown Code' has only ever been a working title and as mentioned in an earlier blog isn't as relevant as when I wrote the initial chapters. The book is a parody of a genre now, not just of one man's work. The final title is 'The Last Simple', and in fact I've been referring to it as such for some time now. There's also a draft book cover:
As usual nothing stands still, though, and I'm quite well underway on my latest novel. A little while back I was watching part of an old James Bond movie, one of the Roger Moore series, and my mind got to wandering. One of my skill sets is in project management and I started to wonder about how the super secret lair of Dr No, Goldfinger, Blofeld etc would actually be built. How would you recruit personnel, design and build super secret weapons of mass destruction, set up a remote South Sea island lair? More importantly, how would you project manage such a venture?
So Project : Evil was concieved. It's a story that follows the recruitment of a project manager for B L O'Feld's Megalomaniac Corporation and each chapter follows the project, starting with the recruitment interview, then the second interview followed by Induction, the first Friday Brunch, the Inaugral Project Definition Meeting and so on. Just so you realise it's not as serious and dry as it might sound, here's a scene from the first Friday Brunch where the potential location of the secret lair is being discussed:
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