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Long Division: Second Edition

If you've read my post about my Irrational Trilogy, you'll know that despite appearing first, Long Division is actually the second novel in my trilogy. Yes, I know that was a bit careless of me, doing things in the wrong order, but when I wrote it I thought it was entirely standalone! It was only afterwards that I realised my over-ambitious first novel, The Stream, was really the basis of two separate novels that would work better either side of Long Division. The first of these, Integration, will be out in a few months, and the second, Differentiation should emerge in 2020. The Stream will magically disappear from view when Integration comes out, although I will make the original available for free download from this website.

While I'm waiting for feedback on the first draft of Integration, I've been looking again at Long Division. With the distance of a year, it feels as if it was written by a different person! Pretty happy with the story, but I've realised that with a couple of minor tweaks, it would slot in much more neatly as the second part of my trilogy. It, and Integration, both work very much as standalone novels, and only really get unified by the last book, Differentiation when it's out. However I feel like I want to make those changes so everything works much more seamlessly as a unified whole.

So that's what I'm doing right now. It's partly a stylistic edit to match the feel of Integration, but also to fix a few issues I think I introduced in my over-zealous final edit. In particular I made a change in the first chapter to justify the acceptance later on of actions of my primary antagonist, but it had the unwanted, and unintended consequence of diminishing the agency of my main protagonist, Jemma. It did her a disservice, and I want to fix that.

I intend to self publish the second edition at the same time, or shortly after, Integration. You'll see the updated cover image above. If you're one of the lucky few who actually paid for the first edition of Long Division, feel free to get in touch with me via the Contact page or Twitter and I'll see what I can do about getting you the second edition.

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