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. (more…)

Today is the last day I have to get organized and ready for my trip, so it will be a busy one. I probably won’t do much updating while I am gone, other than a few words here and there. I don’t plan to bring my computer with me, although I am buying an ASUS eee while I am in the US. Prices on small consumer goods are double here what they are in the good old US of A.

Publication for Ketha will go ahead as scheduled. Work on editing book 3 continues. Hopefully I will have it ready to go by mid May and it should hit the ewaves by July. Wrote another thousand words for book 4 last night. I have the idea than one of the problems is the fact that a couple of the characters are rather static; they don’t seem to grow or learn anything new during the course of events. So I plan to give that some thought while I am away and perhaps set up some new challenges for them when I get back.

I am still struggling with the ending. I want it to be happy. I HATE books that don’t end happily, after all the characters have been through. But I also want it to feel real. I think back to the Lord of the Rings. Frodo deserved to be happy–he had saved the world, after all. But there was no joy left in life for him. He had suffered too much. My main character, Katkin, is also like that. I don’t think I can just send her home with her true love and expect them to live happily ever after. I have an idea, but I will have to actually write the words before I know whether or not it will work.

I will keep you posted.

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In my never-ending struggle to understand my difficulties with book IV, I came upon the idea of completion. The difference between this book and the others in the series is that I have to finish. Not just the story lines for this novel, but all the story lines for the previous three. No wonder I am feeling a bit daunted. I decided that I needed to make a more extensive outline of the plot, and make sure all the loose ends are tied. My own feelings play a part in this. I hate novels that end with things unresolved, unless I know there is going to be a sequel.

But I do plan to leave a character or two in limbo, to include in my next series, tentatively titled Sons of the Mariner. It will feature new story lines, new settings, and time period–I am looking forward to getting them out of the 18th Century, and into the 20th. I want my characters to be able to drive from place to place, dammit!
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