There's always one more thing.
I just finished adding a bit to a scene in Skyborne, something I realized a week or two ago needed to be there. (Why did it take so long? Getting my head back together and on writing after the last book has been difficult. Hence why I haven't written here for almost three weeks.) I know that, at this stage, I should be thinking more about taking words out than adding them, as the word count's still a bit high. But I knew this was necessary.
The added part is a small thing, a quiet realization that sets up the book's entire romance subplot. And I think it's a little sad, because wanting to stay with someone and knowing your path will tear you away from them is never a good feeling. Yet it's exactly what the story needed right then, and that's what matters most.
I've struggled with the romance aspects of Skyborne before, blogged about it here at least once. But with this small addition, I think I've finally got that whole thing the way it needs to be. Which pretty much means the whole book is finally the way it needs to be.
What I can't help now is thinking of that old phrase, "When the student is ready, the master will appear," and wondering if it applies to literary agents. ^_^
I'll have an entry with more substance sometime soon; I have some thoughts to get down about story and/vs. world building after the last two books I've read. But for now, something much more important: sleep.