So it has been since March. Yeah, that's bad.
I swore that I was going to be moving forward more regularly. I didn't. And that is worse.
I have a list of things that kept me from writing, not the least of which was that I found myself in a bit of a corner that I had some trouble solving - and which resulted in a rewrite of a portion of a previous chapter (I'll note that appropriately elsewhere.). I also went on vacation (in May) and took my laptop with me with the intention of getting a bunch of writing done, but on day three, my 18 month old daughter accidentally screwed up my boot sequence so badly that I had to wipe the whole drive (once I got home) and everything I had written up to day three was lost, while the laptop was effectively relegated to being an overweight phone and iPod charging dock for the duration of the voyage. Once home I spent an inordinate amount of time solving a truly spectacular string of technical issues for a client - a task that took much of my evenings that I would normally be writing during. By the time I had all that out of the way, I was truly beyond the habit of working on Necropolis at all. I gradually worked my way back into it, refamiliarizing myself with where the story was and what the problem was that I had to solve. I spent many nights after the light was off pondering how to get past the issue. I never totally quit, the whole time. Other minor issues, too trivial each on their own added up, and now here I am, in September and I haven't posted a chapter in seven months. Yeesh!
Well, that is about to change. At least for the moment.
I have finished part two. There are going to be new installments, starting tomorrow and following each Friday until part two is over. (I haven't broken it up yet, but I suspect that the two remaining chapters are going to come in a total of three parts.)
In all that time thinking, I've had some serious shuffling of ideas. Part three is going to be focussed on something different than I had planned. Something that was always part of the story, but not made as important as I now intend. From there, I'm not sure what will happen yet. I can either finish the story I had planned for Book: the First by expanding to a fourth part, or I can shift that part of the story into Book: the Second. I'm not sure at this point which is going to be most feasible. It will depend a lot on how complete Book: the First feels as I get to the end. No doubt start the second volume with what was intended to be the climax of the previous book will start things off with a bang, but it might be a structural nightmare. Only time will tell. I may even discover a third option - who knows.