Pike’s Quest is truly underway. He can be found HERE. So far I have reached Part 5, which takes us to the end of chapter3. That is to say: it takes us to the end of what, in the printed form, would be chapter 3.

You see, in order to serialise Pike I’ve had to hack out some rather amusing segments simply because they would be too long for the web. As it is, part 5 is nearly 1500 words, and I am advised that 700-800 is the optimum length for on line digestion. Sadly, I have left out chapter 2 in its entirety: thus several very humorous scenes are lost to the reader.

Still, I think it works without it.

However, it raises a question: received wisdom states that if a scene doesn’t move on a story it should be left out. I agree, mostly. But what if the scene just happens to be hilarious? What if it shows more of the character?

The jury is still out.

Anyway: http://pikesquest.blogspot.com is the place to be. Fun awaits you there. Keep it company.