Practical Exercise is well over 62,000 words. Writing of the new physics review monograph is advancing, in that the references have been typed, all 1400 of them, and the task of writing the text has begun.
I found a new book with one of my stories in it. “The Best of Jim Baen’s Universe” picked up my tale “The Puzzle of the Peregrinating Coach”. The tale had been published in the magazine, and now was added the the anthology. I was undoubtedly notified, but the notice fell through the cracks.
Practical Exercise will be more involved than the Eclipse books. It will be more like MinuteGirls in complexity, even if it is all told from the perspective of Adara Triskittenion speaking in first person. The useful reading was Hildreth, History of the United States, especially his first three volumes, taking us from 1500 up to the adoption of the Constitution. At a guess 200,000 words will do it. Perhaps not this year.
I am currently busy creating a text bible, as otherwise I will lose track of names.
The next book in the Eclipse series will be about the Timeless One Adara. We have mostly seen her at a distance. Practical Exercise will follow her through the first two or three years of her stay at Dorrance Academy, a magical school far better run than magical schools in many other places. I am currently closing on 60,000 words.
Stand Against the Light is selling, but it would be nice if some of you did reviews of it for Smashwords or Amazon.