Killer-Kate and Luke Lackland: A breakthrough! I've finally teased apart the threads of the infamous Four Agenda Pile-Up at Garcastle. Lord Evil now has something to do that is... worthy... of him; Relatively Okay Genius's masterstroke, disentangled with few changes from the former muddle, shows up as much more shocking and brilliant; and there is lively and desperate action to replace the worst passages of talking heads and ominous introspections. The cost of all this is another chapter in the middle, provisionally dubbed Hell-Stalk. That's the third, now. Even at an optimistic estimate, I'm going to have to allow a month for this trio. Depending on how the rest of the revision goes, the Easter deadline may still be attainable.
Coming to the end of the political critique now. By this weekend, I want to have the revised structure it implies up and running. The simpler critique of the Big Bad's thread, and the unpredictable process of trying to integrate Kate with Katy around Kit's pivotal untold story, will then conclude the structural issues, and set me free for the big new sections and deletions. This will surely take me up to the beginning of March, when I can start the detail edits; after which, beta-reading, final polish, and submission I guess in mid-spring.
Quiet worldbuilding and fantasy for Chocolate and the Gods continues to lighten these sloggy hours, though it's not yet ready to be told directly. Chocolate qua chocolate begins to seem an unexpectedly minor detail of its flavour.