Trying to get The Starkeeper moving past the first twenty or so manuscript pages, I'm largely struggling with a problem of voice and pov, and, therefore, of character. My two narrators are both fifteen years old (twins), and it's 1978. And – other stuff I can't divulge. With Sarah Crowe, I was working from a pov that was all but straight-up autobiographical. Her voice is damn near my own. With Imp, while her voice was clearly distinct from that of the author, it was still speaking from a place with which I am very familiar; the autobiographical element remains. But Jude and Judith Rochambeau are an entirely different thing, and they are a problem I have not yet solved. In some ways, this is the most complex novel I've ever tried to write, despite the accessibility – to me as the author – of first-person narratives as a storytelling device.
I'm not awake enough to discuss this cogently. Maybe not even coherently.
Yesterday, there was peach Jell-O with mandarin orange slices.