No, this post is not about unfinished stories. I finish all of my projects because I’m obsessive-compulsive about loose ends in everything. I like things done. I like have written.
Somewhere last December I set aside all other projects, illustrations, worldbuilding ‘toys’, even more frequent blogging, and pushed forward to write the third book. It went smooth, though I did not write every day—I still don’t, and I need almost a week of chilling out between each chapter. This March the end was already in sight: I finally entered the Climax Zone. The Big Battle awaited, blah, blah, blah, etc., etc.
And then, it happened.
In the last few days I’ve discovered that the Climax Zone in this story had its own spatial geometry: like some parts of the previous books it was a tale of its own, so it had to be handled in a non-linear fashion or warped in some other unusual way.
I decided on a solution which both eased and complicated things. (Duh, I just love and hate this kind of duality.)
So, why this is an issue? This step will make the whole book bigger (hence I would have to save more cash for professional edits) and I may have to abandon the previous structure I had planned for it. Also, the deadline that I had set for myself—to release it mid-2014, may not hold. I hate editing in summer and this one was promised to be the hottest summer in the past 140 years, so I’m setting my sights for autumn. Just in case.