Evidently Book V is over its snit. I did not sleep much last night (memory of the previous night’s scorpion sting meant that any noise in the house translated into “There’s a scorpion” and so did any “feeling” on my skin) but the reward for insomnia was a massive download of intuitive stuff for Book V.
What I was hoping for was an intuition about Book IV’s title (publisher having nixed the one I sent them, for a perfectly reasonable reason), so this morning before dawn I was up scouring both houses for my old thesaurus (missing for years) and instead found the one we bought our son (also years ago, and certainly not where I expected to find it.) Immediately dove into it while feeding the cat (yeah, such an exotic life we lead–cat must be fed inside though she hates the inside, because of neighbor cats who bully her from her food. So she has to have someone sit with her while she eats in the utility room.) Made notes. Then (cat-feeding over) made notes on the plot bomb, which continued to unfold in that way they have.
IF the plot bomb holds up (please!!) I now have the ending for two main characters (no, wait, three). And the endings fairly bristle with possible hooks for something else down the line. Though I’m really sorry about [redacted] and hope that bit does not hold up. But it probably will.
The thesaurus has been very helpful with title ideas, so that may work out too, but first I’m diving into Book V’s “Ideas” file to jot down everything that’s now scrawled on paper about today’s plot bomb. Not really tempted to spoiler it, because you need Book IV for some of it to make sense.
And now all I have to do is write from where Book IV ends to where the plot bomb starts (quite late) and then write that part too. This is not going to be a short book.