I'd reached the point where Graydon entered his shaman apprenticeship last year, during the NaNoWriMo event where I began writing this story.
Fell in a pothole and couldn't climb out. While posting these chapters to FS, I'd thought to climb out of that hole to a running finish. I even had a good outline to guide the story to an exciting conclusion.
But the muse wouldn't sit still for that. She had other ideas. She ripped my outline to shreds and took the story in a totally different direction, to an unexpected challenge for both Graydon and Mike.
Meet Marilee ... !