Killer-Kate and Luke Lackland: At least 6 hours of the last 24, some of them very early in the morning, spent on a rigorous analysis of Lord Evil's Emergent Masterplan, and discovering...
...that it all cancels down to a 'scheme' Wile E. Coyote would have returned to Acme Co. for a warranty replacement. In my defence, Lord Evil does jet a phenomenal amount of ink into the water.
Need an improved version, its beginnings shifted right back into the new chapter of the Debated Woods (which is presently a hole between paragraphs). The rival plot with Relatively Okay Genius behind it needs only minor tidying, but similar time-shifting.
During the 'bored and confused' stage of this analysis, I also got my first chapter's worth of the ultimate donkey project: my comprehensive spreadsheet and index of characters and places down to the smallest. This ought to be ready as a reference just in time for the actual rewriting. Here we have another of those revision aids which would have been trivial to do as I went along, but whose need I didn't foresee in advance. Next time!