I managed to meet the first deadline for Book Two yesterday by completing up to Chapter 18. It’s coming together very nicely but it looks like it’ll be much shorter than the first book. I’ll go back and add more meat to it once I finish the first draft though. I’ve also been working on a short story that’ll be under 20,000 words. For the first time, it’s a story of mine without magic of some sort. It’s proving interesting to write but it’s coming as easy as the rest of the stories so far. I’m also more attuned to all of the details that are needed, such as describing a little history about each city/place, occasionally mentioning horrible bouts of weather, gestures the characters make instead of simply stating something. It’s all coming together very nicely. No idea when I’ll actually finish it though since I’m focusing more on the deadlines for Book Two. It still feels good to have more than one project going on, as always.