I think I've finally got an opening for my new novel.
Version One, which took forever to write, seemed like an intriguing and dramatic start, but didn't pass the reading-after-hibernation test; it didn't say much of anything. Version Two had more momentum, but I realized, from all the reading I'd been doing about strong story openings, that it fell squarely in the "character ruminating" category, a major no-no. Without any ideas about how else to start, I gave up and worked on other things. Now that Version Three is taking shape, I am cautiously thinking that this could be a keeper.
The fact that I am taking a detour (sounds so much better than "wasting time procrastinating") to write about it on my blog is further proof that it's going well. (Really, it does. Don't ask me why. You fellow procrastinators out there will understand.)