Still plugging away at the sequel. The book is being reviewed by my Wednesday evening Writer's Group at the library, and they've been offering quite useful critiques--as well as encouragement. It's tricky picking up the threads of a story I set aside so long ago, but it's getting easier. The more time I spend with it, the stronger the story feels - though I can definitely see areas between then and now where I've grown as a writer.
One of the encouraging things my group recently said to me, while reading some of the "back story" in Topheth
, is that they wanted to read The Coppersmith
now, just based on what I described.
If you're looking for a good summer read, this may be the one for you.