A lot of work has gone into this book. Where Spinward Fringe Fracture delivered what I consider a number of familiar experiences wrapped up in a new style and set of situations, Fragments steps outside of the box. Way outside.
The plot lines that left off in Frontline get picked up again, I introduce an entirely new environment, and a brand new side of the story is told. That's about as specific as I can get without spoiling all the surprises.
How close am I to finishing? I'm writing the last five chapters of the final draft, so I'll admit, I'm behind, but not by much. Unless there's a major hiccup, I should make the deadline of February 28 and if I don't, it'll still be close.
The Sons of Brightwill is still going ahead, but at this point other people are reviewing things, so that frees me up to work on Fragments until it's finished. Everything in this book continues roughly in the direction set in the previous volumes - towards a conclusive end to most of the existing plot lines.
I'm excited to present this work to you, especially after the surprisingly long road it's taken through extra research (books, white papers, queries sent to a few scientists - Thanks Gavin! - and endless documentaries), and an extra draft. It seems the more risks I take with a work the more I enjoy it, and soon, very soon, I'll find out if the stylistic and plot risks I've taken were worth it. My editor can't wait to see it.
Thank you for your support and patience. Time for me to get back to work!