...or misplaced it. But it turns out it's just the killer combination of two jobs, full-time re-training, three kids and not enough sleep/too much angst. Because I seem to remember having the beginning of this thought back during the last quarter break.
I finished the beginning!!
Not a huge accomplishment, but...it was missing. I never write beginnings until I'm halfway through because I can't see where to start until I'm almost there, and that probably doesn't make sense.
The winter quarter starts soon, but I've been pushing hard enough to carry myself over the hump. This is the damnedest rs. Once I let go of plotting I discovered I actually do have enough for a single h/h set of arcs.
When I first started writing I liked Suzanne Brockmann's multiple-arc structure because my writing "ran" too fast and I like secondaries. Not that I regret Fallon and Corlis. But I couldn't figure out how to get from "short" to long, and I don't mean in a 20 vs. 60k way, but a 60 vs. 90k way. In other words, I wanted to go from barely (minus Fallon and Corlis) having enough for a Harlequin RS, to single title and it was driving me nuts.
Not that this is a structure post, but more...I dunno, a confidence post? I kept looking at my favorite writers--Bujold in particular. There's a beginning and an end, and a middle that sort of grows with no clear points you can actually "look" at and say, "there--that's what's going on", and it makes perfect sense, but so much of it is up in your head emotional the action is just a framework. When Mirror Dance came out Bujold said it was the inside of Mark's head.
Sometimes you have to look back on stuff you already know to realize the answer was there all along.