Still not done. Little chunks have come out. Bigger chunks of new material have appeared. Sequence tangles have been extricated, laid out, and put in order, with necessary transitions. It’s taken this long to get the first thirty-two days of the story cleaned up, and to introduce things that were left out. It’s gonna be a long, cold winter of work, not the relatively easy re-write I’m more familiar with. But it’s better. It’s already a lot better. In my probably still imperfect opinion.
Plotwise, there are now connecting lines to two previous plot elements from the first two books of Vatta’s Peace…skinny little lines so far, but connections that are part of the pull-through, the tension that will cross the keystone and pull the whole thing together. One connects to the deep history and one to a period in Slotter Key’s history that generated the conflicts of the current day. Now to start tugging…I would love it if these two opposing lines crunched everything together in one volume. Otherwise it’s a couple more years of work at least and I’m not sure the time is available. Not with other work pending.
Well. Time to get back to work.