I am not looking forward to returning to Once Around the Ride or Life Loves a Tragedy. Or even the nine books following Life. They all deal with pain. Once deals with the death of Matt’s mother and the impact it has on him and those in his family. It also explains the anger he exhibits toward his mother in Long Cold Winter. Life Loves a Tragedy begins a second time of loss for Matt. It is about the beginning of the end of his relationship with his greatest love, Juanita (also talked about in Long Cold Winter).
Once Around the Ride begins the 1980s series of The Morrow Family Saga. Life Loves a Tragedy begins the 2000s series. Like all good procrastinators, I will continue on Ohio (the first book in 1970s series) and on These Eyes. Not sure I want to start crying every chapter while writing the other two books.