Well, gang, the revisions of Substance of Shadows are in full swing. I've decided to treat both of my muses, and I alternate my spare time every other day between revising the book and sewing, and it's keeping me pretty energized when I'm not working. I'm pleased.
There are a couple of changes you should be aware of. The Balthazar and Morsten characters have been folded into one character, Balthazar. He gets some really psychologically interesting dialogue with Erasmus in the prologue of the story, and he is the bridge of the Klarion family. We next encounter him at Esme and Errol's birthday party, and it will become eventually apparent that he is the same character as the story unfolds.
Hathersage and the surrounding area are just full of magical types, as well as normal types. If you take a book series like Harry Potter, the magicians sort of exist in parallel space. Not so in this universe. What is known and isn't known sort of depends on who you are. So there are magical families, families that aren't magical who know a bit about magical folks, and people who live normal lives and are clueless. Everyone has to know a bit about the world at large, how to operate a digital camera, things like that.
If you're interested in reading stuff, let me know. Be aware that you might care to wait until we have an entire reading experience for you, rather than one that will seem like a constant rewind and revisitation. Reading it at this stage won't give you the entire enjoyable book experience. 🙂
At any rate, it's coming along. My goal right now is to edit this draft into something submittable, and then grapple with revising Blood is Thicker than Water into something that is a little bit of a better read than it was before.
Sure. One book at a time. Okay.