Editor has approved the title for Book V: Crown of Renewal. Scheduled to release late May 2014, though that’s always subject to change . You will soon notice that title as a category (like, um, for this post.)
The chapters I was working on today, supposedly sequential, refused to meet at the join (like badly sawed boards), so there’s revision work to be done there. Those chapters and another one (or two) will answer perennial questions of the “Yes, but what ever happened to…???” variety. (And no, all such questions won’t be answered yet.)
Unfortunately for the struggling writer, other questions arose, of the “Wait–why didn’t X notice that right at the beginning??? X isn’t blind, unconscious, dead, or stupid…” Along with that was “But I wrote a whole 12 1/2 pages depending on X not noticing that. Good pages. Exciting pages. Major plot points with foreshadowing of other major plot points pages. I don’t want to dump them…maybe X could have a headache?” (No, dear readers, X will not fail to notice [that thing X might be expected to notice] because of a headache. Some less flimsy solution will be found. In fact, I think I have one that improves the whole plotline (DUH–why can’t I think of these things first?)
One of the other chapters I worked on today seems to have tied itself up neatly (at this point, with this book, I don’t trust that, but it was a relief after several hours attempting better joinery of the other two.) It may be the last chapter, or it may be the last of one POV.
A note on the website/blog availability. SFF.net hopes nothing will be offline, but some things may be slower, during the annual spring cleaning. The earlier outages were for replacing and adding servers, so things could be shifted to different servers for the Big Clean.
And a note on Lifestuff. The fitness program is helping some things and revealing (like a book in progress) new things to work on. I may actually have to give in and see a medical person. I rode in the Autism Society of Austin’s annual fundraiser (bike riding, not horse riding) on Sunday, my first time to ride “in public,” in sight of real bike riders. We had dress rehearsal Monday night for the hymn festival last night (Tuesday, if you’re on the other side of the world.) The dress rehearsal was a dismal morass of error (not just mine) but we rocked the house in the actual performance. Into those three days I inserted some extra miles of riding on Sunday (the Family Ride was only 2 miles) and rode 7 miles on both Monday and Tuesday. Today, it was collapse time other than writing, though I did go get the mail and a loaf of bread (just about a mile) and (on waking up from a very necessary nap) turn the heels of a pair of socks-in-progress while my mind was still foggy. That’s my excuse for why extending the heel reinforcement pattern through the heel turn didn’t….quite…come out right. I would like to make 35 miles on the bike this week, but weather and writing may not allow.