I don’t have a writer’s block, I have boredom with the book I am now writing. I have talked to the characters, and they tell me it’s important that these facts be established for what comes later. Frankly I don’t care. These are the same characters who were recalcitrant about returning to the fore after I finally finished my work on Fantastical Trips and sent it to the editor. They decided to play coy, and now I don’t care what’s happening in their story. This is not vindictiveness or plain snarkiness. It’s simply that I don’t care what happens to these characters because they run in circles and make no progress. I’m tempted to skip this part and get to the end and then work backwards. At least that way, I’ll know what is needed and what isn’t.
I think part of the problem for the characters is that they know this is intended to be a stand alone book. FT has both a prequel and a sequel planned. But they haven’t said that is what’s concerning them, so I’m just speculating. It may also be the unwillingness of either party in the possibility of romance that I see coming. Or they’re holding out for the romance to play out in a sequel. But they don’t get it that I don’t care.
I would be perfectly happy working on the sequel for FT. Lots of interesting issues in that one! And at least some of the characters have worked really well with me. In fact, maybe if I start working on that one, the characters in the stalled book may wake up to the possibility that they will be permanently retired and decide to cooperate. I’m not holding my breath.