Agent had some worthwhile comments on Book IV which sent it back to me for more work. This will result in an added chapter early in the book and the “perking up” (my term, not Agent’s) of some fairly large chunks considered “flat” as well as showing one character more active and tough than before (hadn’t realized that character had softened that much between books.) Some of that will involve shortening, and some will involve lengthening, as usual. Agent has contacted Editor, who gave permission for an extension to do the work he suggested, pointing out that we could send her the version I sent him today, or a better version in ten days. (Agent has had the book since January 20 and I appreciate the fast, analytical reading Agent gave it. )
So I’m back at work on Book IV, having started on Book V last night. Already 1700 words into the new chapter, after fixing things recommended in Chapters 1-3. (And Agent didn’t call at break of day, so this is actually a solid afternoon’s work.)
Music for the work right now is Stanford’s orchestral music. The Bach organ music I had in already was too sombre and not right for the first part of the book, sep. not the new chapter. Arcolin is not a Bach mind.
Back at it. I’d like to finish this chapter tonight. It’s fascinating to me that when I go into a period of time (be it an hour, day, week, or quarter year) there’s always stuff there waiting to be written about. In this case, I’m finding out why a certain count’s father hated Kieri (or one of the reasons) and why this count doesn’t hate Arcolin and wants a favor from him. All sorts of details are unfolding that I didn’t have in the original text but are compatible. There will have to be adjustments down the line, though. If Count Halar’s son does go to the Company as a junior squire, then he will have to be there later. Hmmm. We’ll see.