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Stuck in the Mud (Kabrakan/Antithesis Day 606)

During this year’s sputtering and hectic and terrifyingly heat-soaked summer (which, thankfully, was relatively devoid of hurricanes), I managed to do some work, in fits and starts, on what is now Book 2 of The Big Series. The Orinthal Deception has full possession of my brain now (at least when I’m not on the clock for a client), and I had finally hit that groove yesterday where I was positively flying and expected to have the book done in the next ten days.

Then, this morning, I hit a wall.
Well, to be honest, it was more of a mud pit than a wall.

It seems that, against all expectation, that writing the second book in a series is a lot different than writing the first, so now that the previous book 1 is book 2, some radical surgery is required.

Well, no, that’s not quite true either. I was expecting some fairly radical surgery, and had been performing it–some scenes got left alone, others got pulled completely out and rewritten, and in between things a new scene got plugged in here and there, and it was all going along swimmingly.

Until this morning, when I discovered, much to my horror, that there’s a stretch of approximately two hundred pages smack dab in the middle of this book where almost everything is world-building (much of it now redundant), and the story structure is muddled and unfocused, at least compared to The Briggs Defection and in comparison to the needs of the story as it is currently unfolding.

I’ve gotta go dive into that mud pit now and wrestle the story out, but given as how there hasn’t been time to update you all, I thought I’d drop by. More to come soon!

The Orinthal Deception — 32.3%

38,716 / 120000 words

About the author

After a childhood in academia, J. Daniel Sawyer declared his independence by dropping out of high school and setting off on a series of adventures in the bowels of the film industry, the venture capital culture of silicon valley, surfing safaris, bohemians, burners, historians, theologians, adventurers, climbers, drug dealers, gangbangers, and inventors before his past finally caught up to him.

Trapped in a world bookended by one wall falling in Berlin and other walls going up around suburbia and along national borders throughout the world, he rediscovered his deep love of history and, with it, and obsession with predicting the future as it grew aggressively out of the past.

To date, this obsession has yielded over thirty books and innumerable short stories, the occasional short film, nearly a dozen podcasts stretching over a decade and a half, and a career creating novels and audiobooks exploring the world through the lens of his own peculiar madness, in the depths of his own private forest in a rural exile, where he uses the quiet to write, walk on the beach, and manage a production company that brings innovative stories to the ears of audiences across the world.
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