Let the countdown begin! I am submitting my draft for structural editing on February 8th. After 5 years of work, and about 20,000 pages of research (that's about 1,000 pages per chapter, plus or minus), and almost exactly 15 years of thought, starting when I was 17.
Read the introduction to the book here.
Because I am typesetting the project myself in latex, I am also trying to clean up tables, citations, mock-up figure captions, physical symbols and equations myself before I hand it over. Done a final edit over most of the manuscript, I am substantially reorganizing one chapter, and I have one chapter to substantially write (yeah, I am putting off to the last minute).
For this 30-day countdown I am celebrating with a book presale drive / kickstarter campaign. 100% of the proceeds will go to funding illustrations.
Matt also began quickly mocking up other images for the book, although these will need some revision and refinement. More important was to start to establish a shading style.
If you are interested in supporting this project, visit my kickstarter page!