My beta readers are saving my butt, as usual. My expert on the Pine Barrens saved me from sending my protagonist down gravel roads in an area where all the roads are sand. My expert on occult retail establishments spotted some missing details and one distracting impossibility. My medical/mental health expert assured me that I had not been unfair to the entire mental health field by putting some Very Problematic Therapists in the book. My Asatru experts pointed out many, many places where I had missed the mark, and all the scenes with Asatru characters now play better, in addition to being more accurate. Thank you all! You've made sure my manuscript didn't leave the house with its shirt on inside out.
In other news, I've got a new post up at Black Gate, this one about my two contradictory gut-level responses to best-of lists like the ones from the Locus poll. It's good to have an occasion to produce new words and send them into the world every single week, especially when my work on the fiction is all about mopping up details in scenes I wrote months or years ago.