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Some good things are happening, though. I am getting the flashes of inspiration that I rely on to fuel my writing. And the scenes that are taking time to reach in the manuscript (due to delays in my writing progress) are benefiting from the extra time "in the oven". They are going to be more vividly realized once I finally get to write them.
I've also been contemplating what I will write after Hemlock Book III. My latest thinking is this: while Book III is going to be a strong conclusion to Hemlock's story, it may not be the end of it. But I will probably write something different after Book III. Right now I am considering a novel based in a fantasy world called Zhune that I conceived many years ago. I need to sit down and think about how it would fit into novel form, but the good news is that the "imagineering" is already done for this story. So I would be able to sit down and just start writing. That would be a nice benefit to that project. I also have another novel idea on the back burner. This one is more of an urban fantasy, and concerns the role of fantasy in our modern lives.
I hope you are feeling more festive than I am. I did catch an old stop motion animated Rudolph TV show last night. It brought me back to my childhood years, and I think it helped me "reconnect" with Christmas just a little. There is hope for me yet! I wish you all the best over the holidays, and in the new year!