(I want to say 'away' but it's spelled properly in the title. :)
I sent out the first wave of query letters for Raoul (which I should get used to calling "Go Small or Go Home", I suppose) on Saturday, and today was the first day in a while on Aardvark. I know what the main character needs to learn and I have a few significant plot points.
But I don't know how it ends.
It's weird. I have 31 pages of single-spaced typed notes, just my ramblings about the story and the characters and what could happen and what could not happen, but I don't know how it ends.
The wonderful thing, at this point, is that I'm not bothered by that. I had a dreadful time coming up with Raoul's plot, as I think I've mentioned here before, because I was so obsessed with "must have a plot right now, right this second, don't take any time to think about it, the schedule says it'll be done tomorrow so get on it hurryhurryhurry". I did eventually find what became Raoul, but I broke at least two good ideas by fighting too hard to make them something.
You can't take a seed and drag the plant out of it. The plant has to grow in its own time. And Aardvark is growing. I'll give it the time it needs, by being with it every work day and working through my various plot exercises and developing its characters, and I know it'll reward me with a book at the end.
And I can't wait to read it. :)