I have been slowly — very slowly — working my way through a lull in the action of my novel. I had to decide what the hero will tell his old friend about the situation regarding the vampire. In the typical hero’s journey, he should confide in the sage, who usually knows more than he lets on. My heroine is unconscious, but it’s also her journey. So I’ve been kind of stuck. It probably doesn’t help that I’ve given myself a tight deadline to finish: I want to complete this work before Sept 6, when classes resume and my world focuses back on lesson planning and marking. My children have also been taking fun summer courses for the last two weeks, art and dance workshops, which has had an impact on my writing. Will I meet my latest short-term goal? Please, pull for me!