Very near the 100,000 word mark on Book IV, and I have just finished what will be the climax of the action part of the story. Had to say goodbye to another old friend, probably my second favorite character in all the books. It actually made me tear up a little. But never mind, I hope my readers find his end worthwhile, and a little bit sad too.

Now all that remains is the “scouring of the Shire” as I like to call it. To those of you unfamiliar with “Lord of the Rings” (shame!) that is the denouement.

Denouement is an interesting word we borrowed from the French. It means, literally, untying–as of knots. Which is kind of ironic, because what I am trying to do is tie up all the loose ends for my characters. I want to leave a tidy edge on the tapestry of story I have painstakingly woven over the course of the last three years. There will be one or two loose threads left, and those will be joined on to the next story.

Of course I am already thinking about that. Part of me wants to take a really long break from writing, say six months, but I also know I might not be happy if I do. And from a strictly practical point of view I’d rather have a new book out there before people start forgetting my name!

So maybe a month or two will do. I have a couple of short stories I could be polishing in the mean time. One is highly erotic, and will probably be published under a pseudonym, if it ever sees the light of day. šŸ™‚ The other is an entry for this year’s Pagan fiction Contest, run by Pangaia . I am a long term reader of this excellent magazine, which deals with pagan issues, interests, crafts and poetry.

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