I think the only thing wrong with COYOTE DREAMS is that is not…clear enough. I know what I’m trying to do, and I know what legends I’m drawing on, but I don’t think quite enough of that made it onto the page. I’ve got about a hundred pages left to go through at this point, and I’m pretty sure I still need to write one more chapter between the current penultimate chapter and the final one. I suspect, if I can figure out how to do it, that’ll take care of a lot of the confusion. I think the rest is just deepening details.
The whole thing reminds me a little of
It’s a little tricksy to do from a first person POV, when my POV character also doesn’t recognize the story elements, and it’s actively *hard* to do when I’ve done enough research that I forget what I’m writing isn’t common knowledge. I may have to give Jo a little more information earlier on to make it work.
I need to do something about dinner, and then finish reading this book. I think the real editing will happen tomorrow and Sunday (and if I’m very lucky it’ll be *done* Sunday). I donno. I like it. The book, I mean. That’s quite wonderful, given that the last 3 books I’ve worked on I’ve had whirly eyes about and have fallen asleep doing edits. I’ve been too close to them–HEART OF STONE I’ve just read Too. Many. Times and revised Too. Much, and HOUSE OF CARDS came too close on the heels of HoS to have room to have a feeling for it. And I’ve read TQB a *lot* while I’ve been writing it, so trying to edit it is exhausting. (I have 2 weeks off from it, basically, before I have to spend 3 very intense days working on edits, and oh *lord* how I hope that’ll be enough time to divorce myself from it to some degree.) But I haven’t looked at COYOTE since the end of February, and 6 months is enough time away from to be glad to get back to Jo and Gary and Morrison. :)