The pressure didn’t let up at work, but I was better at dealing with it. I channeled some of my frustrations into writing and it helped. Then Covid hit. The end of the 2019-2020 school year was rough, but 2020-21 school year was a real mess. Once we got organized though, everything started to smooth out and life got a bit easier.
His Robot Wife: Patience Under Fire
Patience Under Fire followed the outline that I had written for A Great Deal of Patience. I didn’t change much, but I resolved a few plotlines rather than carrying them to book three. This made it a bit more challenging to write the third book. Still, I think this is my favorite book with these characters so far.
For King and Country (The Sorceress and the Dragon Book 10)
The time had come for me to finish the story based on the long outline that was originally written to be the end of The Two Dragons. I had been focusing on four characters in each volume, but I wanted to give all the characters their proper farewells. Consequently, this book became the longest one that I have ever written, but I think I got everything in it that I wanted.
Astrid Maxxim and her High-Rise Air Purifier
I had planned out about fifty Astrid Maxxim books by this time, and I decided to get the next one done. I had a pretty good idea of the plot, but I think I got bogged down this time with the invention, something that I try to keep fairly loose. In the end, I got a few criticisms for not featuring the High-Rise Air Purifier more.
Eaglethorpe Buxton and… Something about Frost Giants
I had been planning to write more Eaglethorpe Buxton for a while. In fact, I had been working on something I was going to call Eaglethorpe Buxton’s Garden of Verse. Then I watched, The Parent Trap, and I thought that this was the type of plot that EB would be involved in. Not only that but having a couple of kids seemed the natural progression in his story line. So, instead of stealing from Shakespeare, as is the usual case, this time Eaglethorpe satirizes Disney.