To cap everything off, I spent yesterday with a blood pressure machine strapped to me. It's an interesting experience when the cuff starts to tighten just as you're reaching for something on a high shelf in the supermarket, or when you're changing lanes in peak hour traffic. I thought I'd never sleep last night, but amazingly, I must have slept through several "readings".
Now that's over and I'm at my desk and I think this story is starting to come together. No more advance planning for me. It didn't work. I was bored after chapter one. So now it's a new story (above) and once again, my characters are emerging from the mist... and we're about to set off on a new journey together.