However, as an unknown, I can't get away with it, even though my ego is large enough to imagine that I could. I am now both sadder, but more importantly, wiser. I need to write a straight linear plot -- beginning, middle, end -- perhaps about an entirely different subject, and see how that works.
I am attempting to do that now, with the new WIP I began while in Palm Springs. I am doing better preparation on this one, rather than "pantsing" it, and hope that it will turn out to be more suitable for a debut author. I will revisit The Bear one of these days after I finish this other one. The Bear will always be my favorite. It is the story I have wanted to write since I was a young man and the one for which I have the most passion. I don't think I'll rest until it's published someday, but for now it will have to mellow until I have a more recognizable name. Here's to the future!