Where to begin...well, the book is at 37k words. Usually, this would be a "hey, past 50%" but who knows. I know where the story is going and how I want it to get there, it's just a question of how long it'll take.
A few minor changes to the end game plan were decided on the fly. This was largely due to realizing an interesting plot issue. I'm not going to say it was a hole, as it wouldn't have truly mattered in the long run, or probably to anyone else, but once I really examined the situation I decided to simply go with the flow. Now, to be less vague...
Initially, the plan was to have M and company deal with all the Lords in the same manner: fist to the face, knock out action. Fun idea in theory, but it could drag the story line out to monotony and it also occurred to me just how unrealistic this idea was going to be. I knew early on that at some point the Lords would wise up to M and company's efforts and join forces to save themselves. Considering the amount of power and technology these Lords have...there's a point where M simply shouldn't win. I don't want a Rocky vs anyone else in those movies sort of fight. I don't want M getting his arse handed to him, leading to some adrenaline fueld montage of absurdity that ultimately brings M back to life and winning the fight.
I like my battles to make sense, where the hero doesn't always win because he's stronger, sometimes he wins out of luck, or a cunning plan. Heck, sometimes the hero has to run. It's not the first time people in my books have retreated from an impossible fight and I like to keep that as an option.
Well, I came up with a nice, clean way of dealing with this "problem" in the storyline and it's somewhat going to affect the end results, but not so much that my "master plan" is ruined...just altered slightly.
So, what do we have in store for this book? Well:
1. new bad guys and mutants
2. different points of view, varied
3. revisiting old places for new reasons (I like tieing misc ideas into main plot pieces)
4. more 3 part action sequences
5. investigations of the supernatural and not so supernatural
6. random silliness!!
I'll admit, this book's tone has gotten a bit darker. The story kind of calls for it, however, that is not to say M isn't the sarcastic pain in the booty he always is. It's just, well, things go down that aren't exactly happy.