If I didn’t say it in so many words, I think it was at least implied – that I would get my ass back into working order just as soon as I’d sorted out myself enough to get back to work. By all appearances, it’s taken me four months and thirteen days to return to what I would consider standard working order. Not the best that I could have done, and there were certainly some embarassing slips in the middle, but it’s time to get back to whatever in the world this page as an aggregate is supposed to be. (My personal favorite version was always “Eliot transferred into digital form,” but that’s kind of arrogant – especially since if there’s nothing to draw people here than me, I would say that the site’s all shades of screwed.)

The most superficial part of the whole ensemble is the fact that the current avatar has changed – which is not noteworthy, really, but I say it for the purpose of completeness – and that the fiction section has undergone some major logo renovations. Really. on20’s logos look crisper and better than ever, Perfect Echo has rolled out a minor logo shift (which is actually something that I’d planned from the beginning), while Neon Epoch Evangelion and Battle Helix have both received completely new and quite lovely new designs. I’m especially fond of NEE’s new one, for doing something that I ought to have done the first time through. So before you address the content, please, enjoy the new eye candy.

Oh, yes, and there’s a whole bunch of general reorganization and what-not that’s floated all around the main section – the About page has gone through an overhaul, and the Staff and Links page are due for next update. Take it in, if you’re interested.

Then we have two new, healthy, pretty much run-of-the-mill BDotMs. Yes, I know, I still have a three-month backlog to work through. It’ll get done, but as we all know that falls behind on my priority schedule pretty easily. But I’ll probably try and get my arse in gear with it fairly soon, seeing as how I’d like to be done with this bloody backlog sooner rather than later. There’s not much interesting to say about the columns themselves, so I’ll let them speak for themselves, as they generally do anyway.

Perfect Echo. Yes. I feel anxious about this episode, to say the least, because I know that it’s coming at the end of a long pause and will therefore be scrutinized to pieces – and so what I feel is a somewhat weak episode anyway turns into something that I’m terrified will be savagely torn apart by my readers, whom I credit with having an extremely analytical mind and the ability to spot my own inconsistencies. However, I will say that it does resolve the cliffhanger, creates a new one, and advances the plot in leaps and bounds, so the slight weaknesses in it might be overlooked by virtue of the plot hammering along like a runaway freight train. And, what the hell, I’ll promise that the next one will be much better. I have no idea if I can keep that promise, but I’m feeling adventurous.

Are we going to get another several months of silence here? Not if I can help it. I can’t say that we’ll be back to the old rapid-fire style of updates of yore… to be honest, I can’t say for certain if we’ll ever get back there. But for the time being, I’m back to work, and I’ve got a whole lot of projects – the BDotM, Perfect Echo, on20x, Neon Epoch Evangelion: Absolution, Battle Helix, and some other ones that I can’t reveal just yet – to keep me focused. Thanks for sticking with me through the drought, and I hope it’ll turn out to have been worth the wait.

Aw, look, I’m getting all teary-eyed now.