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November 1, 2008
O hai!
So. It's been three years since I've touched this. Well, I've committed myself to working on this project during the month of November. Taking inspiration from NaNoWriMo, I'll be doing my best to write, and write, and write.

I really hope those of you still watching will enjoy the fill-in narrative I'll eventually complete. ILB is a story that's dear to me, as it was the first ARG I ever played (and religiously!). My hope is that I can do it justice. I regret that it's taken me this long to get back to the story, but alas, life has a way of..you know, taking time. :)

Thanks for sticking around!

-theBruce

Fri Dec 23, 2005
Just checking in quick to let y'all know I haven't forgotten! Being jobless, my mind has been quite elsewhere for a while, but rest assured I will be returning to finishing the story very soon...

TTYS
-theBruce

Wed/Thu August 24/25, 2005
*tap*tap* (is this thing on?)
Hey everyone! We're here to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the very first axon going live! Although the first axon itself didn't work, the first person to enhottenate an axon is still out there somewhere...

But for me, to celebrate, I tried to do more than just get the next update out the door :). There are now two more chapters available, wheee! But I've also set up a page to index all the audio files by scene for those of you who would like to spend some time down memory lane listening to the entire drama unfold. (I did that a couple of weeks ago - the entire series in one sitting, minus a couple of quick, necessary breaks) Once again, standing ovation for 4oty2wo and the actors!

Anyhow, go and check out chapters 14 and 15. I forgot how long it takes to write a narrative! Now I'm going to relax, and I'm going away for a week. For what it's worth, expect updates again, hopefully at least a couple, in September. It's tedious, but fun :)

So stay tuned...

TTYS

PS, for those of you who feel generous, you'll also see a donation link in the header if you'd like to help support the site, as I've had a couple of requests of offers to help. Even so, I still consider it a privilege to be able to do this project, even if it's taking forever :)

-theBruce

Friday July 29, 2005
Great news everyone! I've been working on the next few chapters, so you can look forward (finally!) to a new update within the week... at least 2 chapters. [cheers] [applause]
awe, who am I kidding, y'all hate me... ;) But seriously, I hate that it's taken so long, but I'm getting back into it and I want to get this story done as much as some of you have bugged me to get it done :)

So stay tuned...

TTYS
-theBruce

Friday June 24, 2005
Ok, this is the last time :). In a nuthshell - I'll be without a job July 1st, which means I'll have however long until I get another job to actually sit down and continue to work on the story. *cheers!* Chapter 14 and up will be available very very soon - you have my word on that. :)
TTYS
-theBruce

Tuesday May 3, 2005
*Takes a deep breath* You all must hate me... I have not forgotten! I can't believe how long it's been since the last actual update to the story, but every day I tell myself to sit down and make time to do it. More updates are coming! :) I should just tie reminder strings around each of my fingers and both my wrists... so don't worry, I know you're getting impatient - so am I! :)
I'll keep you posted, no worries...
TTYS
-theBruce

Monday, March 7, 2005
Wow, exactly one month after my last update... and it's the same weekday... freeky... anyway, just a note to say that we believe to have found and resolved the issue we had with the server (actually, it was found a while back, but I was letting the site run as is hoping that the error wouldn't show itself again - it seems we've solved that mystery). So, just renewing people's enthusiasm - I'll be getting back to finishing up more of the story as the weeks go on, so watch for updates. The newsletter email will be sent out again. Thanks for all your patience everyone! Your positive comments, feedback and support are greatly appreciated. Now, time to sleep...
TTYL
-theBruce

Monday, February 7, 2005
Ok, so obviously by now you should have noticed that Creepy has been up and down and up and down consistently for the past few weeks, even over a month... well, I've been trying to track down the cause of a bug in the programming that is affecting our latest server, to the point of cascading and crashing the ASP engine. I'm getting annoyed at the search for the bug, so I've simply disabled anything related to the problematic area, in an attempt to narrow down the possibilities - squeeze the bug out, you might say. You shouldn't notice any difference in the site, except maybe a slight speed increase ;). I'm focused on finding this bug right now, so once found, you can rest assured I'll get back to finishing the story, I haven't forgotten :).

Hopefully you'll manage to get this notice before the server crashes again :P

TTYL
-theBruce

Wednesday, January 12, 2005
*thebruce enters, wearing full body armor*
Hello everyone! Happy New Year 2005!
So, I'm wearing all this armor because it's been almost a full month since the last Creeeepy update, and I just wanted to make sure I was protected from the inbound lettuce heads and rotten tomatoes that are sure to be thrown at me. :)

But seriously, hope everyone had a great Christmas and holiday season. Hard to believe it was already 5 years ago we celebrated the 21st century turnaround... Anyway, the next update has finally arrived. I wanted to get entirely caught up to date this week, but, really, I also want to eat and sleep, and try have a semblance of a life... so rest assured, I will do my best to maintain as much of a weekly update as possible from here on. (Think homestarrunner.com - sometimes even they 'miss' a week ;)

If you'd noticed, there were also some server issues with the site going up and down for the past couple of weeks. I, along with our system administrator, have been working to find the problems, and we believe we've found them. So, in the future if you ever find the server is down or is having problems, don't hesitate to shoot me an email and let me know, if I don't already :)

To get up to speed after this month of inactivity, I also included a quick review of the plot to date in Chapter 12.
So for fun, I'll leave you with a short teaser from Chapter 13...

Jan slid up to Thin, close enough to feel his breath on her face. "Kiss them," she whispered seductively, while lining up her shot out of the corner of her eye. "And they fall in love." Thin only had to hear a ball fall into a pocket to realize this girl meant business, but his mind was elsewhere that particular moment. Jan walked to the other side of the table. "And if you shoot them," she said as she lined up the next shot. She announced, "8 off the rag, play the kiss on the suicide bar, backspin into the corner pocket--" A variety of gasps and astonished comments arose from those watching the game. "I say, shoot them--" Jan took her last shot, then stood, locking her eyes with Thin's, unblinking, as the final three balls sunk one by one. She grinned impishly. "--They die."

Chapter 12 - The Best Friend You Could Ever Imagine
Chapter 13 - Axon Plot Ch.3 - The Weekly Soap Opera
Begin Reading...[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13]

Remember, if you'd like to be kept informed of updates, make sure you fill out the Mailing List page.
If you want to help spread word about Creeeepy, go grab the banners from the Banners page and link'em around.
-theBruce

Thursday, December 16, 2004
Sorry everyone! This update has come 2 days late... Guess I'm not as efficient as the ILB PM's ;) Anyway, we had a few server problems this week, so the site was up and down for short periods of time. However, the next two chapter have finally been made available...

I don't know about you, but just reading over all of this is like experiencing the story for the second time. Granted without the same level of involvement and interaction, but reliving the story, growing with the characters again, and simply understanding so much more... it's like watching a mystery movie over again, seeing how everything comes into place. Especially with the audio story, the 'Axon Plot'...

And once again, thanks everyone for your comments and encouragements. It's quite an experience :)

Enjoy!

Chapter 10 - Perdita
Chapter 11 - Axon Plot Ch.2 - Spy Games
Begin Reading...[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]

Remember, if you'd like to be kept informed of updates, make sure you fill out the Mailing List page.
If you want to help spread word about Creeeepy, go grab the banners from the Banners page and link'em around.
-theBruce

Tuesday, December 7, 2004
Finally! The big update is here... just what we've been waiting for. This is a late update, technically a Wednesday update as it's now 12:56am Dec 8 by my clock, but 2/3 of North America is still on the 7th. :)

This week, 2 big chapters are revealed! The axons are hot!

Chapter 8 - Wide Awake
Chapter 9 - Axon Plot Ch.1 - The Crash
Begin Reading...[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]

-theBruce

Tuesday, November 30, 2004
So much work... so little time... Apparently there are 4 other co-workers of mine with birthdays from now until Christmas Day (yes, we've got a Christmas Day baby here)... So I'ma consider this a Birthday update... cuz, zing! today's my birthday :).

But anyway, new chapter's up... the day is nearing when the axons go hot... (did I just get deja-vu? *sigh*)

Chapter 7 - Trixie Little Princess
-theBruce

Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Ok, I've been pretty darn busy for the past week or two, but I was somehow able to get some things done... as I posted earlier, there are now a couple of banners available to post around if you feel like being a friend and linking me elsewhere ;).
And this week, unfortunately Dana's still missing, but things are getting tense between the AIs! Find out what happened in Chapter 6...

Only a couple more weeks until the big story is unleashed, just in time for Christmas... stay tuned. :)

Chapter 6 - Metasta-what?
-theBruce

Friday, November 19, 2004
Finally got a couple of banners prepared if you'd like to post them around and support the fiction.
Visit the banners page. There are 2 sizes currently, so if there another size you feel like suggesting, let me know. I'll add more designs as time goes on.

-theBruce

Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Fixed Chapter 4's display - I had a few reports of the killer jpeg appearing at the top left of the page in Mozilla browser. It's now placed where it should. Thanks for the heads up.

Also coming soon, I've decided to eventually add links to wikis describing the actual puzzles that were experienced through the game. Because this story may miss a lot of actual event details and interaction that took place, I felt it necessary to at least be able to refer to what actually happened at key points during the game, including some of the puzzle solving processes. In a way, you could consider this fiction to be like a movie that's "based on a true story" - it's not 100% accurate to the T regarding every real event, but accurate where possible in order to be an inspired fictional piece.

Enough babbling - this week's update:

Chapter 5 - A New Friend
-theBruce

Wednesday, November 10, 2004
So, this week it's a Wednesday update. And if you don't know why it wasn't yesterday, you don't deserve live anywhere but under a rock. j/k. Anyway, with the little bit of sleep I've had, I managed to hit enough keys to unlock the next chapter of the creepy saga... Today, I bring you...

Chapter 4
-theBruce

Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Well, I've decided now that the ARG is slowly winding down, on days remaining that there are no more updates, or less than usual, when there used to be big updates, I'm going to unlock the next portion of the story... so, I bring you today, more...

Chapters 2, and 3
-theBruce

Monday, November 1, 2004
Greetings fellow beekeepers and loyal Melissa crew. *cough*wheeze* Sorry, don't know what came over me. So yeah, how's it going? I assume you're here from a link someone passed on, probably in some forum somewhere in this wide wide world. Well, you've come to the right place then. For what? What some people would call fan fiction. What I would call, an X-File, in a sense. While entirely fictional, only a fraction is 'fan-made'.

But sticking with the news, I still haven't yet decided if this will be a weekly (or regular periodic) update, chapter by chapter, or if I'm going to hold off everything until it's entirely complete. Maybe I'll do both and simply release a chapter or few on a whim. Either way, bookmark this page! It's gonna be cool... for those who didn't experience ilovebees, this will be a great story. For those who lived through this ARG (well, hopefully no one died because of this ARG), this will be a retelling that will hopefully help make the characters live forever in your heart and mind. :)

But back to reality, updates coming soon... including a guestbook, I like to hear from people :)

Begin Reading...

-theBruce