Upon arriving at home, I opened up the First Chapter of Charlotte Misner intending to get a little further along with it since it now has a due date. I read what I've written so far and had an unfortunate realization.
Remember when I first started posting There's No Crying In the War Room? (Yes, I've been bad and haven't gotten anything written there for wayyyy too long. Sue me.) At any rate, the most common piece of advice was that my first chapter had too much exposition and waited too long to get to the action. Guess what? I've done it again.
The extenuating circumstance is that I'm trying to introduce the lead character so that you guys can all take the ball and run with it. That having been said, I'm gonna rework it a little to get the action moving. I think I'll still have a fair amount of exposition because I want give a reasonably defined character for you as a starting point.
In other news, Tom's set up a blog for us to post all of this to. You should still announce your intention to participate in the original thread. Then, go here to see the blog. You'll find a place to register and then Tom will promote you to Privileged Blogger, and you can post, edit, and most anything else. (Obviously, we're all going to be on the honor system and not start editing each others' stuff...but I don't even need to say that with such a classy bunch of folks as you.)
As I mentioned in the comments over at the original thread, I'll be posting again with more info on what the guidelines are for the story, but I really want this to be open to individual interpretation. While, in the long run, we'll be writing a dramatic piece, obviously, comedy happens in life. Romance happens in life (or doesn't if nobody writes that part).
Anyway, I'll go back and try to (re)-write a first chapter worthy of you efforts. And, yes, we're still starting on Sunday May 31st. (It's on the Narnian Calendar.)