I thought, “Okay, I’ll be fine. Just work on work, social media, and the websites. Don’t even think about the books.”
The rest of the 15th and all of the 16th, I was fine with that. Beside catching up on my sleep, I had enough going on to distract me. The morning on the 17th, I wrote my friend and said how strange it was not to be thinking about a book and missing our daily conversations. We had a good conversation that night and things seemed to be a little more back to normal. The 18th was a mixture of being lazy and going what I had to start the week with a clean slate for my main client.
Yesterday, I started wondering what one I could work on without messing things up or having to re-write major chunks in case Spirit got changed. At first, I considered a few of the secondary books and narrowed it down to three. A really humorous one where some of the key characters switched bodies or a couple alien back stories. They would occupy my time, but they still faced the same possibility of changes in Spirit affecting them. Then it hit me. Out of all twenty primary and secondary novels in the series, there was one book that could absolutely be written without worry. The very plot of the story made that possible. Sure, it’s the second to last of the primaries, but relatively speaking, its timeline spans all of them.
The book is The Lone Horse Incident. LHI, as it’s affectionately known, is both the starting and ending points of the paradox that touches, or is touched by, the nine primary books in some way. Since the whole premises is about trying to prevent the paradox and seeing, and sometimes living through, the alternate timelines that spring up as a result, I don’t have to worry about contradicting myself. I can always right off what happens as a momentary divergence. So I started picking at the book today.