I know where I want to go with it (for those of you who've read ELBF this book centers on Mateo, Zero and Michael in greater focus than Katja and Raven who still have some major events in the novel themselves) but I keep running into things I can't quite be certain of or which end up leaving me a little uncertain.
First of all I just got done doing a little research on racial interaction in 1600s England. The good news there is that Mateo would not be dealing with the racism we associate with the long ago U.S. and which we as Americans tend to assume of other nations in the same era. Nor would his mixed parentage have made him too much of a target for bigotry beyond the fact that children conceived out of wedlock were still pretty taboo in 1600s society.
Ok second bit: I love research but I wish I could have gone forward without having to dig this up. I fear it's thrown me off on where I was going to go and now I keep drawing a blank...which is utterly idiotic when you get down to it because the research actually indicates that I don't have to make things more complicated than with Katja and Anton's interaction in the first book (if racial interaction in that time had been more tense their relationship would have to reflect that on some level). Instead it can be about their personal demons which I far prefer in relation to all that's been going on before the part I'm writing.
I guess what it comes down to is that I'd like to be typing out pages like nothing right now but I'm just not getting them. Part of that's wanting to get the sequel done and out there ASAP and then also the idea of getting Other Dangers completed too. I figured I'd try to complete a first draft of Cool Green Waters first because there'd be some demand from fans of ELBF and since it's self-pubbed I'd do the same for CGW once it was edited. If I got that done I could finish the first draft of Other Dangers and decide which manuscript to edit first. Other Dangers is intended for traditional publication so I'll need more time to work on it than CGW.
Maybe it's just not getting a lot of writing time right now...gah!
It's just kind of funny to know what major bits you intended to happen in this book and the next (yep I do have plans for a third book with a pretty big surprise coming up for Katja) but having a tough time getting through the in between bits.