Journal of the Dead current editing pass progress: over two thirds of the way through the manuscript (currently sitting open on page 82 / 121 waiting for my life to calm down enough to look it over). Working on the "scene of doom" and finding that it really doesn't read as being as long as it is ... thank goodness?
Had occasion to be surprised yesterday: arrived at a free write in a foul mood because I had an endless day, then lost power for just long enough to get cold, then couldn't get my internet back up and flurried in ten minutes late. Then I sat there and couldn't decide on how to interpret a theme ... which I myself had chosen.
With all that, you would think the resulting fragment would be complete garbage, but I actually came away with a very solid opening for a story. I'm satisfied and appreciative. Maybe my brain likes the pressure and just won't admit it ...
I've hit the point in Scylla and Charybdis where things start accelerating again. This subplot barrels straight forward into the full circle return to the station ... should be interesting. It occurs to me, though, if I'm trying to present an even-handed depiction of parallel societies, that one of the things I'm going to have to do is look at the length of each individual section and pare or expand as needed. Not that the word counts need to match exactly or that size (length) is all that matters, but a massive disparity is going to diminish the effect I'm going for.