Even though we thought we were done with this round of edits, Frank and I both had some interesting revelations. We independently decided that different sections of the State Dinner chapter needed revising, based on what we knew about the characters involved. It was one of those fun cases where previous character development influenced what happens in the book.
The second revelation for me involved a chapter where I had written the characters into a corner and we had spent several days trying to find a resolution that didn’t involve deus ex machina. I think what we had was reasonable, but I’m waiting to hear if Frank likes my revised resolution better.
For me, the funnest aspects of writing Duck Blood Soup was watching the characters take on a life of their own, and writing the characters into impossible situations and then working out the puzzle to resolve the situation, preferably without killing everyone off.