My clone spoke to an artist a couple days ago, and hopefully we’ll see sketches from her early next week. She had an excellent idea for the first book’s cover — pretty much what we’d wanted originally but hadn’t been able to get. I think my clone also told me this artist has something in mind for the second book that is a lot like the image both of us have always wanted for that part of the story, even years before any of it was written down.
Word count on this WiP is now a couple hundred words short of 98K. (I didn’t read it, I swear — I just looked at the file to get a word count!) As soon as a few threads are fleshed out/wrapped up, The Madness Engine (the novel, of course, not the thing to which the title refers) will be sent off — without any proofreading by yours truly first — to LR for feedback on plot and characters and other big-picture stuff. (Mwahahahaha… Oh, sorry. I probably shouldn’t do the evil laugh yet.) Then, after any changes the author makes based on LR’s comments, it’s my turn to proofread and line edit. By the time I’m finished with that, we should have cover art for The Madness Engine and the previous two novels in this series.