Today was another stretch where there was more thinking than actual typing, but I think I may actually have it this time.
I gave myself quite a maze to work through when I was writing that first draft — and maze seems to be a better word than tangle, because the issue is less that things are wound around each other (though they certainly are in several places) than that there are more than a few dead ends, which I later resuscitated or let lie, depending on succesive visions of the story arc. As a result, I’ve had to re-read several pages ahead several times over to get a grip on how I finally wanted things to play out, and even so, I’m not 100% positive I’ve really got it.
That said, what I finally deciphered this morning seems to be the closest I’ve come so far to the right way out of the maze. As with the rest, we’ll have to wait and see in the end, but right now, that’s what I’m going with.
You know, if I were a reader of this series, I’m pretty sure this would be more than enough to keep me away from this book.
And honestly, as the author, I wouldn’t blame you.