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I've hit the part of the book where the writing has taken off on it's own.

My subconscious must have been exposed to the plot and planning of this book enough to allow the characters to scamper off in the right directions. It's a lot of fun drilling deeper into the hints and teases of the first book. I've crossed the 17000 word count mark this week, but the words I've typed have been GOOD words. Very minimalistic sentences that expand the plot and / or characters. I've got the right supernatural elements doing the things they would do and the humans dealing as they should as well.

So far.

There's always this subtle fear that one or more of these non-existent beings will completely exit the reservation...

However, with that comes a deeper understanding of each character, not to mention expanding the world (and the potential for new plot lines for later books).

Ah, writing.

Keep the coffee warm and a notebook nearby!

-Dave

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