hello friends, i'm afraid i have some bad news. many of you know that for the last couple years i had been working on a large scale audio drama adaptation of HP Lovecraft's The Hound. it was the most ambitious artistic project i'd ever taken on, and also the one to which i had committed more than anything before it. i just wanted to address this publicly because i know there are people here who were looking forward to its completion; but i'm sorry, that is not going to happen. the process of adapting the script was hard work, but also entertaining, and i learned quite a lot from the notes, conversations, and feedback i received from my friends and colleagues kind enough to read and respond to what i had written. and after that was completed, this process also provided my first encounter with casting, and that too was an enjoyable and educational experience. i was very surprised by how wide and talented a field from which i had to choose was. a close friend of mine, The Beard, an audio engineer, recorded and was signed on to produce the project. the recording sessions ranged from tremendously fun to tediously insufferable, but on every occasion i at least had the chance to begin learning how to direct actors, and i got better at it as the recording progressed. The Beard and i eventually finished recording the actors, and were approximately half way through editing the monologues and dialogues before taking a break last spring. unfortunately, due to several mistakes entirely of my own making, this editing process was overwhelmingly arduous; and time and again we found ourselves taking one phrase from one take, one phrase from another, and then The Beard would perform his surgery and sew them together. we never even got to what would likely have been the most exciting phase of the project, that being the larger sound design and effects; and that's to say nothing of the motion comics which were being prepared by another artist to provide a visual element to the project, and the amazing original score we had secured therefor. it just got to the point that i had made so many mistakes, and their fixing would have required a significant amount of backtracking and reworking, that the plug had to be pulled. i have to say i'm plainly devastated. to invest so much time, emotional and creative energy into something like this, only to fail, has been pretty crushing. this was something i was so excited about, something i was proud to tell people about when they asked me what i had been up to, and now it won't amount to anything. i'm happy for the experience with regard to adaptation, writing, and project development, and i'm happy to have learned so much about the casting and directing processes, but this is the worst end possible. when the project was still alive, there were times in which i became extremely frustrated, knowing things weren't perfect, and telling myself, i just want this to be GOOD, a learning experience isn't enough for this kind of effort, and now i'm not even getting an imperfect product, i'm not getting anything at all.