Other than the editing, I finished writing Chapter XX of Between the Lion and the Wolf (BLW)! That means Book II of The Daybringer is complete!
Give me just a minute to take a deep, deep breath…All right, I’m back!
I’m not gonna lie—Chapter XX ends, well, it ends abruptly. Because that’s how it had to end. (When you read the whole thing, when you get there, I think you’ll agree. I hope you’ll agree!) It provides perhaps the perfect launchpad for Book III, which, I’ll admit, I haven’t started yet.
Editing will take time. I need to make my first pass through the entire book on my own, first; then, I’ll need to hand it off to an editor. (Editors?) A few people have asked for a crack at it once it’s finished, and I think it’s a good idea to get someone else’s eyes on this thing before I consider BLW all wrapped up and ready to go.
So far, I’ve edited chapters I–V, mostly for minor syntactical issues or stylistic oddities. And some grammar garbage that crept in. I corrected some of the fake language construction—which probably no one would have noticed (indeed, even known about in the first place) if I didn’t say anything. Oops. Here’s an example:
“Shude, ar fisgiwares mën—ar paresëthu àrïv!” Rül promised.Excerpted from Between the Lion and the Wolf, Chapter V.4.
When I finish editing chapters VI–XX, I’ll lay everything out in InDesign, and then I’ll decide what I’m really going to do about the cover. I created one soon after I started writing BLW, and while I like it, I might try to source better elements. Then again, I might not. I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see!
(I’ve also redone the cover for Beneath the Vault of Stars, too. It’s still similar to the current cover, but I think it’s better. I plan to republish it at the same time I publish BLW.)