Progress report

I was going to take advantage of today's peace and quiet by reading a book, and then I realized that, if I was going to be reading, I might as well read Trust. I went through five chapters, so I'm up to chapter 15. Those chapters include a long section that is basically exposition and needs to be slimmed down--I think all the information is necessary, but it's hard to provide it without creating an exposition dump. I'm going to compress to see if that does the trick; if it doesn't, I'll have to come up with something else.

The good news is that the funny parts made me laugh. So that's heartening. Also, some of the stuff is getting cut because the first few chapters are better focused--I already told the reader what the story is about earlier, so I don't need to repeat that information. That's a good sign, I think.