And here it is at last. :-) I can't tell you how happy I am, to be sharing this story with other people after fantasizing about it in private for more than three decades. I sent Chapter 1 off to Simon earlier in the week, so you can expect to see it in the next EMCSA update. In the meantime, as promised, I'm posting the whole chapter here now as a thank-you to the people who visit my blog. I pasted the full content of the chapter into the page that previously had just the first half, so don't be fooled if your browser shows you've already visited the link. This is the whole Chapter 1.
I plan to continue posting each new chapter on my blog the Thursday before it appears on the EMCSA, and I plan to do a mini "Peek Beneath the Duct Tape" on each chapter, but I won't post the peeks until after the chapters appear on the EMCSA. So look for a new chapter here every Thursday, and then look for the peek on that chapter Sunday afternoon or evening.
I'd still really like to hear people's thoughts on the story, so let me encourage you again to post a comment - even if it's just one word. It means a lot to me, really.
Thanks for reading!