This update is late because of … life, you know. Things get in the way, some good (like friends living elsewhere in Sweden dropping by Stockholm) and some bad (I still suffer aftereffects from my dreadful intestinal illness in late June).
Anyhow, I managed to move ahead with two projects in July:
An old adage says "80% of your project consumes 20% of your time, whereas 20% of the project devours 80% of your time". That applies to Basker Blå, because I have been busy spotting small lacunae in the text and filling them with text. I have also fixed cross-references between the chapters and made sure that everything is explained properly in the proper place and not elsewhere.
Some sections needed revising because I killed a few darlings (I always do). I have a perfectionist inclination that sometimes takes me too far; occasionally I must say to myself: "This is good enough", and call it a day.
When I write this update (August 18), only two pages remain to do before handing over my stuff to Eloso's project manager Jonas.
Dusk and Dawn
This is a science fiction novella I have worked on for years. It takes place in the same world as my shortstories Dust and The Road ( link >>> ).
In 2015, a beta reader got very dissatisfied with the novella's ending. I had to write a new one, encompassing one third of the novella. Then, life forced me to shelve the story for many years. However, this July, I started writing a brand new final chapter. My buddies are cheering me on as I approach the finishing line of this marathon race.
Such a lengthy writing process is not a novel experience. I started writing my first novel, The Ice War (a dieselpunk spy thriller: link >>> ), in Swedish in 1993 and eventually published it in English about twenty years later after several thorough revisions.