I can’t edit these books any more.
That feels really weird, because since about 2007 when the first draft was finished, they’ve been edited a lot. The scene with Innes and Tzenni at the bath house was written very late, replacing a scene which really wasn’t working at all involving Majed: there used to be a prologue featuring Lucastine, Catha and the Swarm, which I ditched because I didn’t want people identifying with Lucastine and then becoming very reasonably irate when in the next chapter she was dead: and for some time I stuck to the idea that Kjarten and Sorszenna should have a romantic subplot, which foundered on them being Kjarten and Sorszenna.
But now they’re out there and I can’t edit them any more, and whilst that feels deeply weird, it also feels like I’ve cleared a lot of lumber out of the rooms in my head and can now see my way clear to the window and get the door open without knocking a pile of books over.
Talking of Sorszenna, I always cringe a bit when an author says firmly that such-and-such a character is played by such-and-such an actor, because quite often it’s an actor I would never have thought of or actively dislike. So I’m not going to do any kind of definitive ‘this is who I would cast as X’ list, though you’re welcome to do as you like in the comments. I did borrow Sorszenna’s hair, though, with permission, from a very glamorous and charming friend of mine, who is built a bit like Sorszenna but is nothing like her in character. 🙂