Currently planning out Book #10.
I’m looking forward to this book. In a lot of ways it’s going to be the big turning point of the series – not the end, but the last major set of reveals/dramatic changes before the end. By the time the book’s done, all the major characters in the series should have been established, and it’ll be clear who’s on who’s side for the final battles.
Book #10’s also going to resolve a lot of long-running sideplots and things that have been hinted at. One of the more common questions that I get asked is whether Alex is ever going to get some sort of power-up. That’s going to get addressed in a final way, along with Alex’s relationship status and the question of what Richard’s been planning all this time. To the best of my knowledge no-one has yet correctly guessed the answers to any of these questions (or if they have, they haven’t put it online where I can see it) so it’s going to be a lot of fun to finally get it out there.
The downside to all this is that doing all these resolutions is going to be a LOT of work. Since Book #10 builds on so much previous material, it’s going to have an enormous amount of references to past books. I’m actually considering going back to drawing out diagrams just to keep track of everything. Well, we’ll see how it goes.