I moved the action (and the fantasy element) up to the front, as recommended by writing group, which I think works okay, although it does mean that there's now a fair bit of flashback in those two chapters. Hmm. We'll see how the rest of the draft pans out before reworking those again, I think. Next section is the wandering through the forest bit -- we're adding an encounter with demon monkeys, along with an elephant funeral. Fun. :-)
Tamil classes are going pretty well, although I'm feeling a bit behind; I need to spend some time seriously memorizing verbs and adverbs this weekend. But we now have enough parts of speech to make simple sentences. Kevin and I have been saying things like, "Our small daughter is a good girl," and "Our beautiful dog eats," and "Daddy studies; daddy does *not* sing or dance." I don't think I'll be writing great literature in Tamil anytime soon.
I call my parents and try to talk to them in Tamil, and they laugh at my pronunciation. Well, first they say, "What? What are you trying to say?" And then, once I've managed to explain it to them, then they laugh.
In baby news, in the last few weeks, Kavi has discovered how to grab things. She started with grabbing her hands -- "Look, I have hands! Left! Right! Two hands! Did you know?! I have hands!!" -- and has progressed to the toys on her bouncy chair, her bottle, and mommy's hair. I have given up wearing earrings for the moment.
Below, just a few views of the backyard where we're working today.
I likes it.