Things have really been progressing well with King of Underhill, I had begun chapter eight and had an outline up to chapter ten (out of a rough outline of twenty chapters). But now I've hit a snag.
I came up with what I thought was a good side plot but it's now proving to be more complicated than I initially planned. There's a real risk I could drag down my entire story if I can't get it integrated. And yet it works very beautifully to explore the character of one of my villains, adding sympathy while still showing how ruthless she can be.
I need to sit down and do some serious rethinking. If I'm going to ditch it, I need to find a new way to express the character's personality. If I'm going to keep it, it needs to be more firmly reintegrated. Either way, progress has stalled for the next little bit.
I'm also having challenges since we're hitting the final weeks of summer and I need to make sure our back-to-school preparations are done as well as juggle the unusual schedule and routine from having the boys take their turns at the cottage. Finding reliable writing time has become very difficult, especially since Alex has developed an obsession with my little netbook computer. I've been forced to hide it or else he tries to make it lie flat.
But school with its hours of childfree time is coming just around the corner. If I can just hold out another few weeks, I'll be back in the golden zone.