Reading what I've got so far, though, I realize that it's quite different from what I thought I had. A few bits are good and creepy but they're probably going to have to go.
So I'm taking notes in a "note" file of thoughts about the plot or reasoning and I hope that when I look at them later they will still make sense.
Part of what was wrong with what I've got so far is that the character Zhenu simply decides to let the character Raun walk around free and this is after I establish that nothing frightens Zhenu more than someone with Raun's particular ability. It was just wrong to have her decide because she was *tired* that she wasn't going to worry about him killing her anymore. So I've got to go back, she has to tie him up and utterly refuse to let him go, and her treatment of him has got to so anger a third character, a child named Ava, that Ava attacks her with a knife and nearly kills her. Because Zhenu *has* to somehow decide to trust Raun, or at least not care anymore that he might kill her or kill Ava and getting knifed will be enough for her to wash her hands of them both and decide to save her own life. Then she can come back and (insert a fight with bounty hunters) start fresh but uneasy with them both and go from there.
So it's sort of paradoxical. I'm *ahead* on this story compared to the First Contact one, but I have to start over.
I sometimes consider that I really ought to work on one novel or story and not several but then I think of how useless it would be to bang my head on First Contact if I'm stuck on it. It's not switching that's tripping me up, I think, but not actually producing new words on *something* every day.
We'll see how tomorrow goes.