Had a very effective talk with Becky last night.
It is such a relief to be able to talk about a story and have someone else have more than a clue what you’re talking about!
Several useful things were clarified. Among them, Lindorm is a *folktale* (duh.) not the next fantasy epic; so I can relax a bit about the ax (mallet) in the ceiling. My concerns about things “missing” are a bit misplaced. Having a new category for fantasy work (basically, beyond *epic*) is very helpful.
Two of my favorite fantasies: The Seer and the Sword, along with its companion novel, The Healer’s Keep, are more what I need to keep in mind than, say, Eragon or Lord of the Rings. For that I’m on-track.
“We’ve” also decided it’s a character novel, which has solidified the structure as well.
I spent last night rebuilding the Table of Contents to cut and rearrange, before taking my two current versions of Despoiled (Chapter One) and melding them into a single opening chapter.
The “compromise” referenced in the title is this: Since we’re still trying to move (You know, get the house packed and on the market… long-term goals and all that ;) ) I’ll limit myself to one chapter a night for the next several weeks.
I have 20 chapters that have two versions before I reach new (untouched this revision) material. Those need to be gone through as I did the first chapter, keeping details of a particular timeline while incorporating the improved writing where possible.
I’m quite content with this arrangement, and thankful to keep pecking at the novel. I know how to move slowly; I just want to keep moving.