I can’t really call them Book 5 updates anymore, when nothing about Book 5 is moving. Sadface. Hopefully soon, though.
September has been trash for progress, due to a few Day Job issues but also a grand fun time with a pool leak. A leak repair guy is out there right now, getting started on what should be a 2-3 day affair, which pretty much smashes my writing week. I know, fragile artist types, but I can’t concentrate when there are other people around. I feel like it’s been that way for the whole month.
Regardless, I’m wrapping up chapter 16 of the Book 6 rough draft now (well, probably Thursday v_v). Hopefully October will be more productive, but there will be at least one Day Job intrusion. Not sure now whether I can finish the draft in this calendar year, but since all my deadlines are self-imposed, I suppose it’s fine. My alpha reader seems to be enjoying the draft well enough, though I have a lot of work to do, both in removing and adding material. Honestly, right now I’m just going through my copious notes and trying to hit all the points brought up by them. Turning all of that into a polished story with the right character and plot beats is the big job.