Book is finally, FINALLY gelling. What I can't quite figure out is why it failed to gel earlier. I've tossed out the entire section dealing with the Dales, but honestly I don't really yet see why it didn't work. I just know things are better without it. When I think back to my original idea, I still don't see anything wrong with it--it strikes me as a perfectly viable idea for a book. And yet, it doesn't work. And another question: why on earth did it take so long for me to figure out where I had to go to make the story work? Heaven knows I was trying. Well, first finish the book, then do post mortem I suppose. Anybody who's gone through anything similar, please comment!