My love to Wendy and the boys.
– the last line of the first draft
Once I started thinking about the fifth and final part of this novel, I realized that not much more needed to be said. So now the book is pretty much finished. I’ll let it rest for a week or so, then go back to the top and edit. I don’t believe that the editing will involve much rewrite though, since the current draft is already in pretty good shape from editing each of the parts separately.
My idea when I began this novel was that it would be the first in a sequence of some as-yet-undetermined number of installments — sort of like the first season in a television series. So now I’ll have to see if I’m intrigued enough with this fictional space and this set of central characters to move them on to the second season. As of now I think it will be a go. I expect to insert a gap between the books, with the center of action jumping geographically from someplace like Boulder to someplace like Nice and the stories jumping temporally maybe a year forward from the end of the first book.