And just because I feel like I'm closing in on the first draft for the book, today I'll break down and display the Book-O-Meter that has infested so many writerly journals lately:
Feels pretty good. The middle is definitely whipping by at speed. The villain is turning out to be a right bloody bastard, but some of his best villainy is out of sight of the heroes. Not sure how to fix that, other than "they hear about it later".
I'm dropped in lots of notes to myself to go back and fix continuity or sequencing issues, but it's really starting to feel like the two major arcs are working. Plus, I've rewritten chunks of exposition to do double duty in a couple scenes, to help the pacing in the first act.