Novel #2 is "Weeds Among Stone." It worked far better than novel #1. The purpose of this novel was to work at it until it worked.
I started novel #3 again today. This is try number ... I dunno. It's a follow-on to #2, but its concerns are already much different. It's harder, as much because of the material as because of the direction that I am following. I had other stories in mind, but they kept each collapsing as "go there" style novels. I can write them, but they are not my forte. I fall back on convention, and so I produce sub-par work.
My first mission is to learn about riots, especially race riots and food riots. How's that for a fantasy novel?