Got a little feedback from kradical earlier today on Coventry. He's not tearing his hair out nor has he gone blind yet, so I'm taking that as a good sign. ;)
Continuing to work on Harbinger, trying to bring it a little more back into focus. I can live with the rabbit trail I've been following the last couple of chapters, but I'm basically at a turning point. Either I keep going with that rabbit trail and dump the first 50K of the book and rewrite it, or I try to bring this back toward the ending I had envisioned? The ideas I was coming up with here are interesting, but there's no way to make them work with the first part of the book. I'm thinking about annotating them somewhere and saving them for a potential sequel to this book.
I'm not absolutely locked into the outline that I can't consider other ways, but when they're going way the hell away from what I want the book to be, I've got to wonder. Then again, these are questions for the rewrite stage, not the first draft stage. The object here has to be to get the story done, and then worry about things like "Did I start in the right spot?", "Should I have investigated that more?", "Do I want to include some romance scenes here and if so, what gets cut later to keep the word count reasonable?" and "What the hell was I thinking when I started this?" :D
Oh, well, onward and upward. . . I finished 1734 words tonight.
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