Why haven't I been blogging much lately? Because I've been redrafting The Casebook of Elisha Grey IV. I'm on my second pass of my usual three editing passes of a manuscript, plus a last being the standard spelling/grammar cleanup pass. It's going a little faster because I had been outlining these stories while I was working on Casebook III and the same holds true for Casebook V -- those stories are already outlined with partial sketches of dialog already at hand.
It's what the characters want me to do... after all, I'm just the typist.
The Casebook of Elisha Grey IV will expand the presence and personality of several characters. In the first story, "The Bones in the Cornerstone", Kiara Ptolmai and Kamay Pellay, the newly-trained shaman, will be asked by their instructor in Sacred Geometry at the Temple of Learning in Atlantis to assist with the expansion of an old public school building that dates back to the years just after the end of the Civil War. What will transpire is not only the discovery of the skeletal remains of a mother and baby, but the link between Lemurian workers and Atlantis during the post-Civil War period, Kamay Pellay's Lemurian ancestry...and the possible genetic cause of his psychotic episode, requiring Kiara's healing abilities as well as Elisha Grey's investigative skills -- as the episode is much like ones that multimorphs experience. "The Crime-Ridden Slum" becomes not only an architecture assignment for Kiara Ptolmai and Kamay Pellay, but an investigation as well when Constable Kaliska Saukeniuk, who lives in the run-down neighborhood, asks Elisha Grey for help in determining why Hilltop End is plagued by a variety of crimes. In "The Sabotaged Lift" the main theme will be grief, and how Elisha Grey, Kiara Ptolmai, Kamay Pellay, and Ishmael Endymion navigate its waters after the death of an important character.
It's not easy realizing that a character's life must come to an end. Everything changes.
Photo: Hollyhock House, Frank Lloyd Wright