I guess my problem with the doors was my fear that, as Alias suggested, the answer might just come down to ka, which to me seemed to be something of a ripoff. I mean, a hero not just stumbling across something as fantastic as gateways to other worlds, but gateways that only he could use? Yeah, right. Then I read Jorel’s post and remembered that “the three” were talked about in the first book. I guess I forgot about the foreshadowing and read Roland’s discovery of the doors as a big, happy, implausible coincidence. Cool. Now it’s a little easier for me to suspend my disbelief. Still, I hope King does explain the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the doors somewhere between The Wastelands (where I am now) and the end.
Regarding King’s retirement: bwahahahaha! From what I gather, Stephen King has been writing thousands of words a day since he was a kid. Even if King does lose his eyesight (and I sure hope he doesn’t), I think he’ll find some way to keep cranking out a few thousand words a day. It seems to be a compulsion for him. How often he PUBLISHES, though, is an entirely different matter . . . I’ve not read the quotes that Evil Death and the friendly neighborhood Mercotan seem to have, but the what they say in their posts makes sense to me. I’ll be very disappointed in King ever does stop writing for good because he’s one of my favorite authors.