After much round-about writing and rewriting, I have about forty-four thousand words which seem to hang together. However, I'm still not sure exactly what's going to happen next. I can only hope this doesn't end up being another one of those sticking points.
Better, yes. I think it is. It does seem pretty close to what I want. Some things need tweaking, but I think I may be able to do it. But it's blurry, especially the smaller version. It's not as crisp as I want, and it doesn't have enough texture to it. Am I going to be able to bring that in? Should I ramp up the resolution and try to put in more detail, or actually pull the resolution closer to the final image size? Will I be able to settle on a final image size, for that matter? Stay tuned! Or not.
Working without good references leads to a lot of screwing around and trial-and-error. So, nothing particularly satisfying about tonight's work, except that I think I can see most of the big problems, so maybe tomorrow will be better. Or I may just throw out that and go back to yesterday's version for a clean start.