Things are looking good with the book. If I keep at my current pace, I'll finish a week earlier than planned. This is very exciting not only for me but for people I know, since it means I can actually come out from under and be social again.
The plan is to finish this draft by month's end and show it to readers for feedback and take a short spell away from production at least until Yuletide, during which time I'll tinker around on other pieces I've neglected and do some much-needed research for particular points on interest in the book.
Contemplating the time when the book is actually for real done, I hearken the words of Harold J Berman, a law professor who recently spoke of finishing another book before he died: "It's up to God -if God wants to read it or not." Amen!
Now, before I give the false impression of having any kind of discipline when it comes to work, let me get you in on a little secret: I've been playing way way way too much Assassin's Creed!
Set in the year 1191, in the midst of the Third Crusade, Creed plants you smack in the middle of Jerusalem and allows you to parkour (think the opening action sequence of Casino Royale, or just consider yourself Spider Man in antiquity) up and over and around every building or temple you see. Think of that! I've clambered over the spires of the Holy Sepulchre and leapt from the roof of the Temple of the Mount. Absolutely glorious!