Well, I've re-read the first chapter, and it's not so bad. I think I can do this. I'm not sure if I'll try tonight -- may tackle it tomorrow morning, 'cause it's getting late, and I still have exercise and eat dinner. But I have a set of tasks for the first chapter, ready to go:
- revise relationships with father and Erin to match new plan
- introduce child element
- tighten overall (aim to cut a quarter if possible)
- make the language lovelier throughout
We'll see how it goes.