It’s 10 am and I have just finished 16 hours of revising Episode 82. At my normal pace of work (150 words per hour for finished work) these 3,128 words would have taken almost 21 hours, but these 16 hours were not spent in writing but purely in editing. So in fact this Episode probably took more like 38 hours in total.
Why was it such a long process? Because it’s a detailed description of how Francesco Romani revised his map of which crystals are linked together so that the four policemen could take a set of linked ones down the tunnel. I went through several variations of this swapping and mapping before I found a story-line which gave me what I want.
Now in fact I feel that probably few people will ever read this in detail. If anyone ever opens Volume 3 (which in itself seems a little unlikely!) then this kind of stuff will probably only appeal to geeks and nerds. But for authenticity and consistency I felt I just had to get all these trivial details sorted out correctly.