I’ve been pretty good about getting new chapter halves of The Mason of New Orleans posted in a timely manner over the past month or two. Unfortunately, what I haven’t been so good about is the writing itself—a couple of regular consulting gigs, and some sizeable can’t-say-no-to-that freelance opportunities, have really sucked up my time. Actually, a couple of young children suck up my time—the freelancing and consulting just crowds everything else out of what little time I have left. You might have noticed that my writing progress chart, over to the right, hasn’t been updated in over two months. [UPDATE: I’m back into it, and the progress chart is now current!]

It’s not like you’re going to catch up to me anytime soon—I’m about ten chapters ahead of what’s been posted—but I might slow the pace of new chapters just a liiiiittle bit until I can get back on the writing horse. Don’t despair, though: I’ve been devoting some time to it recently, though it’s mostly been toward rereading and revising as I get myself back into the necessary headspace to plow into the novel’s exciting climax!

So this week there’s no new Martin for you. But I’m not going to leave you high and dry. For your edification, and a bit of fun, and to further ease myself into the aforementioned headspace, I will now entertain questions about The Mason of New Orleans.

So post ’em in the comments. Anything about the story that’s confused you so far. Questions about the characters, or the history, or the plot, or whatever. Don’t be afraid of asking me to spoil things a bit, though I make no guarantee, explicit or implied, that I’ll give you spoilerish answers. I’ll answer every reasonable question in as timely a manner as I can.

The prize!

And: Bonus! When I was doing some work for WotC a few months back, they sent me a reference copy of the D&D Essentials title Heroes of the Fallen Lands. Actually, due to some error on their end, they sent me two. So I will pick the most stunningly interesting or insightful question (to me)—or I’ll just pick one at random—and send the questioner a copy of said book.

So. Ask away. Hopefully you’ll get some interesting answers, and maybe you’ll get a free book out of the deal!