The book is going slow.
It’s kind of interesting; the last time a book felt it was moving this slowly was Athyra, which I referred to as “that-goddamn-fucking-book-from-Hel
I think part of it is that I’m experimenting–not with voice, or with structure, but with approach. This is the first time in a long time I’ve found myself forced to concentrate on plot in the first draft. I’m trying some stuff that, if it works, I’m going to really like; but it requires figuring out a lot of plot details early on. Usually, these are the kinds of details I let write themselves for the first draft, then go back in the rewrites to make them all make sense and feel natural and inevitable. This one just won’t work that way.
So, short version: this one will be awhile in the cooking. I really hope it ends up worth it. I know I’m feeling challenged by it, and I like that feeling.