I have a blog post up at Orbit UK. It relates to some things we’ve talked about on this blog. I wrote it awhile back, and it’s only now moved to the front of the queue, but it’s apropos to the first chapter of the next book, in spades.
Which is all I can tell you about the next book, except the revisions are rolling right along. Today has been eaten, mostly, by the MRI thing. I had to get ready, check to be sure all my clothes had nothing metallic in them (I did not want to lie there in a hospital gown if it could be avoided!), then drive the 45+ minutes down highways under construction, fill out stacks of forms, have the MRI–which took about half an hour–and then drive the 45+ minutes back in the start of afternoon rush hour traffic on the interstate highway, which ought to be called the intercity congestion. And then recover by lying down a half hour on something comfortable and eating chocolate ice cream.
My brain is finally coming back online after the experience…lying flat on my back on the moving slab as the muscles in the neck slowly seized up, carefully not swallowing or coughing, while listening to a cacaphony of jackhammers and industrial drills and so on (actually part of the MRI’s own machinery) was not at all relaxing, though one of my best friends claims she slept through the MRI of her heart. She’s a better woman than I am.
However…it’s over, and I’m better, so…I’m hoping it will cool off enough I can ride the bike this evening, sore neck and all. Meanwhile, back to revisions. Two of the longer insertions are now in place, tacked down, sanded, ready for a finish coat. Another one’s still rough around the edges. I may cut it out and try again. Another one is sort of fading in and out, like bad reception from my plot daemon, which usually mans there’s something wrong with my idea for fixing that particular problem. My agent liked the idea but it’s not rolling along as it should. Yet.