Excellent writing day. Only 1000 words net, but realized what the problem was with the beginning. Cut that chapter entirely (ruthlessness is the only way to approach these things), reworked the rest, and suddenly, voila, we have the beginnings of a book. It's always rather amazing to me how a story will let you know when you're off on the wrong foot. I have had this happen more than once - I am trying to force something into the story, and it's reacting like Mr. Yuck, spitting it back out at me.
Plus found some really cool technology that made its way in. I had already bookmarked a few things when I first started thinking about this story -- by bookmarked I mean ripped the page out of a magazine from a flight earlier this year -- but there have been advancements in this particular field, so I was able to learn a bit, and add it all together. Nicholas Drummond is a computer expert, a hacker extraordinaire, so it's a lot of fun to get my hands on the things he might use to enhance his work.
Still not back on US time. Went to bed at 7 last night and got up at 5:45 this morning. I will admit, it's rather fun to see the sun come up - not a normal state of being for me at all. Things are rather quiet around here anyway. Once Randy left for the office, and the house settled into silence around me, I sat drinking my tea and realized I am missing my morning views of loch and glen. My neighbor's pool just doesn't have the same mystery about it.
Perhaps I'll go read something set in Scotland...