I have been working on Long Night Moon (the third book in the Seasons of the Moon series) for about A MILLION YEARS now. Maybe more like a million and a half.
Okay, since November. Which is like two months. Deal with it.
The end of books are my specialty. I do kickass climaxes that are like KERPOW! BIFF! KERBLOOEY! SHABLAM! At least six times cooler than Batman.
But this one is just not coming together.
The problem is that I'm not quite sure how to execute the dramatic conclusion. I've been excited about this book ever since I wrote Six Moon Summer, so you would think I would know exactly how everything plays out. But no. I know generally what happens, and the fallout of that, but now how it occurs.
At first, I thought the problem was that I had written 90% of the book in a couple short weeks and needed a break. So I gave myself a break. I wrote a novelette in the meantime (which you can get for free!) and spent a lot of time snuggling the Helpful Baby.
Then I had an emergency appendectomy (sigh), which was kind of a mixed blessing/curse. Nobody likes having surgery, but suddenly I found myself with TWO WHOLE WEEKS of free time on my hands while I recovered! Writing books while hopped up on opiates can't be any tougher than writing with a bottle of wine, right?
I'm now over a week into my recovery and I STILL haven't finished this STUPID book.
(Not that I have high expectations or anything.)
I'm at the point where I've shifted focus to The Darkest Gate (sequel to Death's Hand), even though I'm literally 98% done with Long Night Moon. That book is mostly written, needing only heavy revision to be prepared for the masses, so it's lower on my priority list. But at this rate, it's going to be ready first.
In the meantime, I'm preparing to announce the cover for Long Night Moon. It's very pretty. I think you guys will love it. Here's a little teaser:
I'll be showing it off very soon, so hang tight! It's going to be ready before the STUPID BOOK. Which I'm going to go back and try to finish AGAIN. (I've seriously written about three endings for this one. You have no idea how annoyed I'm getting.)
*rolls back sleeves*
Okay, Long Night Moon, you want a fight? I'll give you a fight! Grrarr!