|Elise would laugh at my optimism.|
Except she never smiles.
That said, there are maybe five scenes in the entire book that have survived from the last draft. (And that's probably a very generous number.) Writing the same book two or three times is exhausting. It's much, much better for the attention, but I am stinking burned out.
My exhaustion isn't just because of the UTTERLY INSANE writing pace I've set for myself in the last year, either. I stepped back, took a long view of the series, and made a few hard editorial decisions that were physically painful. Some of it was minor--deciding not to introduce certain characters, removing subplots, adding new ones--but some were major. As in, killing off major characters major. I'm still having random crying jags over one scene. (Don't judge me! I get really attached to my characters.)
This book has been through quite a journey, but I feel like it's much stronger for it. And the long road is coming to an end.
I don't have a specific date yet, but I can definitely tell you this book will be out by the end of May 2012. So hold onto your falchions! It's only a few weeks away...