Well, it worked. I cranked out chapter one of what is hopefully my first novel. It was pretty effortless, and I feel like I have a good plot developing. I hope my readers will respond to it as much as I did while writing it. Although normally maintaining a very tough exterior, I was actually touched by the words that flowed onto the paper.
Unfortunately for all of you in Xangaland, I'm at the creative point where my work is unavailable for review. You'll just have to be patient as I work on this. Hopefully things only get better.