The trilogy is written, Hugo’s story is written, Victor’s story is stuck and I have another in my head for Fred to be part of. I started putting some of it down and realised I had to sort out the timeline. Once I’d done that I thought there was quite a long gap between Victor’s story and this one.
I could write it with a large gap, but then I also need to work out what has happened to a lot of the characters, who knows what, and how they might have developed. And I might want to fill in the gap with more stories. It would be a lot simpler to set Fred’s new story a little earlier, but then I’d have to drop another bit of that story and move it to another, later, book.
I think I’ll go back to the illustrations for Pirates, get that published and think about the ongoing stories as I do it.