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hard things for an author

November 18, 2011
Posted at 9:22 pm
Updated: April 12, 2015 - 5:20 pm

Keeping the characters straight is easy.
Keeping the timelines straight is easy.
Keeping track of the seasons is a bitch.
Time compression, seasonally keyed events, passing across the equator--they all contribute to havoc.
<CRY HAVOC!> (just had to slip that in.)
Just so you guys know--we don't just slap words down. We try our damnedest to keep consistencies on top of consistencies. Previous chapters need re-writes to support later actions. I do six or seven passes over each chapter--sometimes more. This is more like work that you'd think but I still do it. That's what makes it a craft, dammit... What the hell else is going to keep me out of the bars? I'm a lousy fighter and detest hospitals. (drunken assholes get punched out, okay?)