Conceived in August 2001. 105,745 words; 385 pages; 250 days in the writing; 5 years in the making. Blood & Fire is finished.

I’m pleased, and I’m bereft all at the same time. I want to go back and read it again, and revise it, and make it better, but I am afraid. What if I read it again and I hate it? What if it makes sense? What everyone I show it hates it? Then I will be going through what any writer goes through. And it’s all part of the natural process of making it better.

For now, though, I rest, and I look at it sitting on my desk. A reem of paper – a reem of my words…