You guys are all rock stars. Thank you for the encouragement and comments and everything. I spent today reading the manuscript and I *think* that by adding in another ~chapter to what I've written in the last week, I will ratchet up the emotional content and it will make the Difficult Scene work better. There are too many characters and too many events and not enough lingering, I think, as the last week of chapters now stands.
Of course, I've also (somewhat grimly) cut about eight pages, too. I knew I shouldn't have said anything about closing in on 400 pages. Jinxed myself. :P
On a completely different note, Bon Jovi will be here again next summer! Yay! Tickets go on sale tomorrow. I hope to achieve some at normal Ticketmaster prices instead of exorbitant scalper prices. Which reminds me that several weeks ago now I went for a walk, and the random selection on my MP3 player gave me nothing but Bon Jovi and Jim Byrnes on an hour-long walk. I thought that was pretty cool of it. :)