Why do I smell wet wolfhound?
Eeeee! Anticipation :D
Aw, man! When I read "Gurgi", it just reminds me that irritating Disney character from their animation XD
He's SO SO bad!!!
I figured that a chapter break was a good place to ask this, so here goes. You change the pacing quite a bit, even the order of events. I wanted to know how you chose what went where?
Some of it was simply to save time and work on my part. It has taken over two years to get where I am now, which is just over halfway through the book. Anywhere I can cut material for time and save a little redundancy, I do - so things like Gwydion giving a lot of explanations are mixed in while they are traveling rather than having characters standing around talking, and we don't need someone to explain details we can already visually observe. Gurgi appears only once instead of being introduced, disappearing, and then intruding again the next day. I've tried to do it in ways that keep to the spirit of the book and don't detract from anything.
It's offset by the fact that some scenes - particularly heavy action sequences - take MUCH longer to relate visually. A fight can be over in one paragraph of text, but here I need to show enough of it to make it clear how serious or dangerous things are, so movement slows down a lot while characters are bashing each other and running around. So some of the pacing changes you notice are just stemming from that.
In chapters where I made significant changes I wrote out a script first to make sure I was still hitting all the necessary plot points. I ask myself if this were a movie, what I'd want to see, and the most efficient way to accomplish it.