First of all, I've been making some major changes as to working on this draft. For a while, I was sacrificing a ton of sleep to work on this. I'd come home from work, spend the evening with the family until the kids were in bed, stay up ridiculously late, fall asleep on the couch, wake up, and then go back to work. Then exhaustion began to kick in, leading to evening naps when I came home, making me feel like a horrible husband and father. Even with the naps, my late-night writing sessions were leading to multiple rewrites, mainly because I was so tired that what I got onto the computer screen was, well, complete and utter sh$#. At the end of my current book file, there's multiple pages of stuff I'm not ready to delete just yet because I may use small parts, but is full of horrible ideas that sounded great when I wrote them tired(I guess being tired is very similar to being drunk in that aspect).
Anyway, while untold numbers of authors go off little sleep and work both wide awake and exhausted, I realized that the no sleep thing wasn't working out for me. That may be because there's a lot that that I have to cover in this last volume of Korin's Journal, and the meandering of my tired brain was taking me down all kinds of roads that were not only unnecessary, but also uninteresting.
I've set up a better system and more realistic weekly goals with my writing now, and I'm very confident that I will be pressing forward at a better pace now.
Two or three weeks ago, I posted on my FB page that I was hoping to be 25% done the week after that post. Sadly, that didn't happen. The primary reason is I decided to completely change my approach in introducing a certain character, something that will completely change a subsequent character introduction. It basically led to a chapter I wasn't anticipating, but it will work out much better for the story. I'd explain, but there's no way to do so without major spoilers. They're both important, one of them vital, to the story. With this hitch, I'm thinking that I'll reach the quarter-way point either this week or the next. I believe I've mentioned before that I'm basing this percentage off the fact that there are 4 distinct parts to the story of book 3. Word count wise, I'm probably going to be more than 25% done. I've decided to sync my progress bar on this blog with those individual parts, however, so it will no longer be based on projected word count.
As this first part winds down, a still captive Korin is about to be brought before the leader of not only those who captured him, but an entire army presumably fighting the same enemy as he. He's going to be a little(read: ridiculously) surprised when he learns the leader's identity.
To compensate for that horribly vague teaser, here's an update on the progress of the cover art!