Lest any readers get too eager, I must point out that this is a rough draft. Very, very rough. Way more rough than my first draft of The Tainted City was when I finished that one. For The Tainted City, I worked in kind of a spiraling process, revising old chapters at the same time I was writing new ones. I tried this initially with Labyrinth, but it didn't work; I kept getting sucked into the revision trap. So instead, I went back to the method I used for The Whitefire Crossing: get the story down, worry about making it pretty later. That worked, but oh man, the draft is very definitely not pretty. It's a sprawling mess of a document, full of bracketed notes to myself and backtracking and horrible prose and basically I would never, EVER show it to anyone else, not even my closest friend.
But! For all those caveats, the arc of the story is now solidly in place. No more mistiness and uncertainty: I know the full sequence of events, and all the character motivations behind them.
|The breathtaking span of Landscape Arch, revealed in the fog.|
|Canyon sandstone: from a distance, it looks smooth, but get close, and you see all kinds of fascinating, intricate details|