I didn't want to derail the other thread, so I set up this one.
To answer Fiona's question - back when I ran the poll to see what story would follow NMAI, people voted for TSLADODF, based on Diggory meeting Calla. Unfortunately, only one chapter existed, so I had to write quickly.
Because NMAI was a sprawling, experimental epic I intended to make Diggory a character study - what defined a man and what would challenge him? The main motivator in fiction and life for change is usually love, so I gave him an intense love interest. What would he do for her with only a year to live?
It was meant to be a short, contained story. The only twist was that Calla was always intended to have a twin sister (Dahlia) and they were pretending time travel to steal his money. It was supposed to be a Matchstick Men-esque con story.
But then the Franklin Building exploded and Zebediah showed up and suddenly there was the mob, the FBI, the CIA, the Sons of Thunder and epic sprawl. What was intended to last maybe a year went on for five before the hiatus, and there is still more to come.