Sometimes the easiest scenes are STILL the hardest
I said that my third rewrite of the opening to chapter 12 was finally working. Boy, did I have it wrong.
The good news is that the fifth rewrite definitely is working. I had to go back and tweak the end of chapter 11; that resolved the problem. Now, I'm finally making progress again. Current progress: 3016 words. (Yeah, it doesn't sound much more than in the last entry; but I've had to delete and rewrite most of what I had.)
Chapter 11 update: The pre-reader reports are trickling in. There are two in particular who've promised to respond but haven't yet; once I have those two, and have made any necessary adjustments, I'll go ahead and post the chapter. Sorry bout the delay, everyone.