So I finished the missing chapter I started yesterday. I feel pretty good about that. However, I am not convinced my story is going to be romancey enough. It's turning out to be more suspense than anything. Sort of how Practical Magick is supposed to be a romance blend, although there is very little romance in it - at least it seemed that way to me. It's in there, but understated because of the story going on around it. Ah well. Eight chapters in, I think it's a little too late to worry about it now.
I took everyone's advice to heart - let the love scenes fall where they may. I actually removed a scene because it seemed too far out of place for the moment, and I don't want sex taking away from the story. It was supposed to be the first love scene in the book, but I just don't think the characters are "ready" even though they are already well into a relationship at the start of the book. Looks like the first lurrrve scene isn't going to make it in until around chapter 5. Not sure how I feel about that yet. I guess it all remains to be seen. I'll definitely be winging this one off to the crit partners before submission!
On a completely different note, remember when I decided to paint the dining room/living room pale yellow and how hubby hated it? Finally, after all these months, we've settled on a color. Actually, I settled it for us. It's a pale, pale aqua. It looks white in some lighting. Hubby actually approved it when he saw it, which is a good thing, since half the den is now painted with it. I mixed the pale yellow I had with some flame blue I still had from the nursery. It's a very soothing, non-distracting shade. Perfect thing for this house.
That's it for me today. I'm far, far behind on everything I should be doing. See what happens when the net goes down for a few hours? Y2K would've been the end of me, I swear it. Happy hump day, everyone!