You know how it is when you have your first child and this child is wonderful — sleeps through the night at one month old, is perfectly content to play on his own, eats everything without fuss. Then you have baby #2 and all heck breaks loose — colic, sleepless nights, and temper tantrums?
This is how I would describe my experience with Book 5.
My first four books came fairly easily. I think some of that was due to the fact that when I wrote them I never had any intention of publishing them. So I wrote them just for me — no fear of what anyone else would think. But that’s only a small part of the challenge. I knew from the start Book 5 would be tough.
I can’t say why, really. I knew what it would be about. I knew the arc of the story. But filling in the details was just a major ordeal, balancing the spiritual aspect with the overall narration. I rewrote the ending over and over. I couldn’t quite get all the pieces to come together. At least not in a way that I liked.
That’s one reason my blog has been so silent. I’d turn on the computer and feel guilty blogging when my book was a hot mess. Sometimes, I would just avoid the computer altogether and binge watch some TV show on Netflix instead. Or keep reading the book I picked up from the library. Or even clean the bathroom. Procrastination became an art.
Last night, I finished another read through and was satisfied with the story. Finally. Now comes the editing process, but I think this baby is finally ready to settle in and let me move into the home stretch.
The good news is that I wrote Book 6 before I wrote Book 5 (partially because I was procrastinating). This means that I need to edit it, but it should follow shortly after I publish Book 5.
“In the Presence of My Enemies” should be done by year-end, and I’m hoping Book 6 will be done by Summer 2016. Thanks for your patience and support — I really hope you enjoy them both.