Funny how things tend to order themselves sometimes. While Mrs Thomson was working in the garden, I spent the entire weekend at my computer, re-working The Path of Duty. No hike, no hobbies and other than a few errands to get me out of the house, no glimpse of sunshine or breath of outside air. Contrary to the previous weekend, the urge to work on my book trumped the urge to head for the woods. Sunday afternoon, around 4PM, Mrs Thomson decides she needs to go to the garden centre for more mulch and asks whether she should use the old sedan or the brand new truck (duh – the truck of course!). At that point, I’d been working for six hours straight and was somewhat buzzed by it all, so I decided to drive her in the Blue Beast 2, just so I could be present when the clean, shiny truck bed lost it’s cherry to half a dozen dusty bags of chipped tree bark. I’m glad I did. With only thirty pages remaining, I had stopped at the onset of the climatic battle to drive to the garden centre and when I got back home, I realized that I wouldn’t have been able to do the last few chapters justice. There is a limit to how much you can accomplish in one day, and I’d hit that limit. I think one or two evenings of work, and we’re ready to get a hard copy proof ordered for the all-important proof-reading by fresh eyes. For those of you impatient to renew your acquaintance with Siobhan Dunmoore and her crew, take heart – we’re almost there.