Well, I'm briefly coming up for air, and thought I'd add a bit to my blog. The majority of the work needed to finish up Dahveed 4 is done. I'm pleased with the way the story has shaped itself. It's possible that it will be ready for advanced readers in a couple more days. Once they are done with critiques, I will re-edit, re-write, and re-read yet again! Then it has to go to the people who do line editing for me, and once they get done with it, corrections have to be put in . . . But I'm still on track for a fall release of the book, barring unforeseen circumstances.
And once that is done, I will begin on Dahveed 5. That means I will have to review all my note cards (about 6000 of them), refresh my mind on what's in the Bible for that part of Dahveed's life, and then figure out how I'm going to mix together three coronations, a civil war, General Abner, General Joab, the Philistines, the Araunah and Jebus, King Yira and Moab, and, of course, Balak ben Hod, and come out with something besides chaos. Then there is the conundrum of time. If Dahveed reigned in Hebron seven years after Shaul's death before becoming king of Israel, and he became king of Israel shortly after Eshbaal's death, but Eshbaal only reigned for two years after his father died, what happened to the extra five years????