After taking a hiatus from all writing activities that did not focus solely on completing Tongue of Hauden, I am happy to announce that I have finally finished. This was the most productive six weeks I’ve had in quite some time, facilitated by the nicer weather that allowed me to reoccupy the three-season porch, my favorite writing spot.
Book three turned out to be nearly thirty-five percent longer than books one and two, and while I don’t think this is abnormal as a series progresses, it was about ten thousand words longer than I had anticipated. Part of this length might have resulted in many of the ending chapters requiring me to move main characters to certain points in the plot, but I was also conscious that many of the scenes would be the last for the characters in book three. Whatever the case, I’m very happy with how it turned out, and after rereading the entire book again to perform final edits and continuity checks, I’m confident book three will provide a nice sequel and progression to books one and two.
My next steps will be to go through the text one more time in preparation for final formatting and layout, for both print and electronic versions. I also have back cover material to write as well as additions to the appendix. As of now, I don’t see anything that will hold up a release by August first. Sadly, I will have to move out of the porch and return to my den since the desktop is where the InDesign and graphics software are installed.