Anyway, I'm putting aside that draft and rethinking it later, when I can talk it over with my advisor. In the meantime, I promised I would get at least two stories completed this summer, so the other day I sat down and galloped through the opening scene of a brand-new story. It's rather dynamic and a lot is going on, and I'm hopeful about that. At the same time, I don't have the first clue about what happens next. When I'm in this situation, it often takes a few fumbly, rambly, directionless scenes before I find purpose. These scenes can be thought of as "bridge" scenes -- they're necessary to get where I want to go, but they can later be deleted. In the coming days, I'll work on getting those bridge scenes completed. It can be disheartening to think that what I'm working on will probably not last, but it's all essential work for the creation of a gripping, well-developed story.