I know what I need the scene I need to write and insert in this place to do. I know what structural purposes it serves. I just can't think of anything to have *happen* in it while it's doing the architectural work I need it for.
"Here is a scene that introduces this character, and establishes things about him that the plot needs at the end of the book, and also tells us some things about these antagonists that establish motive."
Okay, so I'm neither an electrical engineer nor a electrician. Does anybody know of any (even theoretical) means of transmitting power conveniently and safely for domestic use (as in, within a community--we're not talking about microwave transmission from orbital solar collectors, here) that doesn't involve good old-fashioned wiring?
(Stuff like Tesla's broadcast power is a little *too* fluffy-wuffy for my purposes here. We're not going there.)
All these damned futurtopias never talk about the ductwork....
Chapter 2 bites the dust. Eight pages added, five pages cut. Current total stands at 465 pages. I got that scene to do everything I thought I needed two scenes to do. I may need one more scene with these people to give them some more weight in the narrative, but I dunno what good it would do me plotwise.