I’ve ironed out all the plot wrinkles that were holding me up. What characters to use, what their motivations are, what they’ll do by the end. How Maria ties into all of it. How the Essence Capacitors are created. (Well, I knew that bit already, but the pure mechanics of it were critical.)
So, we’re pretty much full speed ahead now. My RL is still kind of wobbly with activity, which delays me somewhat, but I’ll try to have a proper Thursday update. None of this “one update a week” silliness, if I’m lucky. Although there’s still the London’s Fog book to finish, and sf03 needs plotting, and… oi. I shouldn’t make promises, clearly.
Meanwhile here’s the long awaited truth behind how the Ascendancy was able to rise to power and leapfrog all predictions of when they’d be darkening the world’s doorstep. I was a bit concerned that this would get a “Yes, and?” reaction, given it takes a certain amount of belief, but prereaders indicate it’s indeed monstrous and will work fine. You make the call.