I had originally planned to be completed with everything by now and looking to send this off to the editor. Things have changed slightly, for a few reasons.
First, I felt the book was a bit short. Sitting at ~50k words, I wanted to bulk it up a little bit. Not add in fluff, mind you. Any one who reads the series knows I am not one for fluff. I am prone to under-describing things, so I'm taking cares to make sure I don't do this too much.
Second, I have come up with something that I want to think out completely before moving on. It's a decently important concept that will play a factor in later books, so I want to make sure it makes sense and works the way I want it to. If you are a reader of this series, you know how much I bounce off ideas from previous books and work with them again. I do this in part to tie the world better together and to close up smaller story arcs. Think back to the cabin scene in book 1 and how it came up a few times later.
Third and the most time consuming. I'm studying for a test. No, not a college exam. An IT certification called Network+. Since my options are to either pay $1000 to go take a class, and miss work for 2 months, or pay $250 to just take the test, I've opted to just take the test. The downside is that I am on my own to learn this stuff. Luckily, I've been doing networking stuff for a dozenish, to the point of building my own routers (I tend to kill store bought ones in under a year), so it's just a lot of memorizing of abbreviations and terminology, but I really don't want to fail a $250 test. So, I'm busting my butt to do this right. Sorry folks, real life before my glorified hobby.
Not that I don't love you folks! <3
Editing is the least fun part of the process for me. Does this fit? Should I take it out, or add to it? Now, with this book being more intertwined with with the next book than with Consequences, I've also been wondering if the content I'm writing now would be better off in the next book. I could also be overthinking all this. That happens too.
The writing itself isn't completely done, but where I'm at won't take long and I'm still working on how I want it to fit in. I wanted to show things from the perspective of the Lords, don't worry there's no spoiler here, as soon as that section starts you'll know it even without reading this.
The issue I'm having is deciding if I want to segment it throughout the book, or keep it together as one sigular chapter. Personally, I like the sub plots that build throughout the book and end at the time as the characters first find out about it. I don't think this is exactly literary irony, but it's at least a spinoff of the idea. In the grand scheme, the reader knowing before the characters does make little difference, which is why I'm trying to decide if I should bother.
There's already a lot of segmentation in this book. The rest is with good reason. It's either to introduce some bigger points in the next nppl, or to catch the reader up with the characters - this book takes place several years after the last.
So adding another segmented subplot is probably going overboard. I think I finally have my answer.Thanks to whoever reads these. :)