Finally finished Draft 10 and sent it away for evaluation. Now it's in limbo for at least a couple weeks, but at least it out of my hair.
In the meantime, I'm now in the very earliest phases of a new novel. Right now, I don't even have a draft started. It's just setting and character notes and, soon, I hope, a plot outline (the idea requires too much political double-crossing for me to just wing it through the first draft, and anyway, I'd like to avoid the structural problems that made HI such a headache). Unfortunately, I can't give any details at the moment, but hopefully once I have a draft, I can open up a little bit more. The most I can say is that it's not set in the HI universe and the setting will not surprise people who know me well.