One quick update, though. Some of you might remember a while back, when I posted the map I had sketched out for The Mermaid's Madness [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy]. Apparently the production designer looked at my black and white PDF and said it was done well enough to use in the book, assuming I could fix the dimensions.
So in addition to being the author, I'm going to be an official mapmaker for the next book. Strange, but I'll take it. I knew all of those hours making up maps for role-playing games would come in handy some day!
Hopefully I'll have some cover art to share pretty soon too :-)
In conclusion, 50,000 words and counting, baby!