Leaving for Germany tomorrow night!
As I promised, I've done all the writing and editing I can do up to this point. When I leave, I'll do some further work over there, as will my talented beta readers and editors while I'm gone.
That said, this is by far the hardest book I've written so far. I keep track of how much time each book takes me to write, so that I can predict how long the next one will take me. Sea and Shadow each took me a long time, so I assumed Darkness would take a similar amount of time. Nope, it took more.
As you might expect, I assumed Dawn would take the same amount of time as Darkness. Nope, more. Why? Because I have to look for contradictions not just between Dawn and Darkness, but between Dawn, Darkness, Sea, Shadow, and what I have planned of Kings and Killers. I've found discrepancies, messed-up timelines, characters who vanish for days without explanation...
Writing a series one book at a time, as it turns out, is much simpler.
I did learn one thing this time, though: writing Darkness first and Dawn second was the wrong way to go. It was an experiment, so I don't exactly regret it, but I'll write the next set of books together. Just like I wrote Sea and Shadow.
So I'm sorry, guys. Sorry it's taking me so long. The only thing I can say is that I've done everything I can up to this point, and depending on how the next phase goes, I'll have it out for you soon.
Thanks for your patience, and I promise I'm doing everything I can.
"Besides, she'd get another crack at the monster in the morning."
I've written so much that words now look weird. Especially "weird."
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