"... willingness to take a moral stand, to accept risk and ridicule, [is] the cost of the moral life." -- Chris Hedges
Mensch kann tun was er will; er kann aber nicht wollen was er will -- Schopenhauer. (One can choose what to do, but not what to want.)
Started, scrapped, and restarted second P.I. story. I was reading an article by Orson Scott Card (who frankly I am conflicted about, when he's good, he's good, and the rest of the time, most of the time, he bores me to tears) that rang true. He was talking about an early novel that he had written as a group of novellas. He identified the problems with that, and I realized I was doing the same thing.
That may be fixed. This second P.I. story brings threads and characters from all the pieces together. I'll have to do a significant rewrite of the ending of the criminal story to get everything to mesh. That's good, the current climax is as little weak anyway.