Ahhh, the joys of copyedit, where facts, figures, and logic issues require checking and working out. My inner Ivy is in heaven. Most copyedits involve my character map, sun and moon tables, and whatever style sheet I’ve got for the book, but this one was different. The lengths I’ve gone to here is unusual, with all the above aids along with a card of information on each series character, place, or institution. It makes for a messy desk, but a tidy manuscript. I’m keeping the cards when I’m done. They make a great fact-checker.
The world book came at a perfect time for me as I start to wrap things up in the Hollows, a refresher of sorts to remind me of a few threads that I need to pull back into the story line and finish off. You’re actually only seeing about half my fact-checking aids here. The other half is on my open file cabinet, serving as a horizontal surface on which to pile things.