Ooh, another thing. I know that I’ve been putting off having actual first dates with the characters for a while, and I kinda still want to keep doing that. From a plot perspective, I’ve just had one big, slow, hang-out-with-characters chapter (and the chapter I’m writing will have a bit of that too, with Aedmund’s birthday), and I feel that that could drag a bit too much (and also I’m a bit burned out on writing stuff like that… ) Plus I would prefer to have a big date scene rather later in the story, and I don’t want to have two big date scenes, as they would end up being too similar.
On the other hand, I know people want to have official first dates with their ROs, and it certainly makes sense that now would be a good time to have them… So, I guess my question is: would people be all right with the first date being probably not more than a couple of paragraphs, with no real choices, or should I find some convoluted reason to keep putting it off until I can write about it in more detail? Note that both will get a big date scene later in the plot, but in the former it will be one of many dates, and in the latter it will be the first date even though you might have been together for several years by that point. I’m definitely favouring the former, but I want to hear what people think.
(I guess there’s technically a third option: sticking slightly longer date scenes into the Atlantis chapter, as if that wasn’t long enough already. That would get you more date scene, but I’d probably put off actually writing it for a while… )