I'll start on the marks on the manuscripts next. There's somethings I know I need to do, including more character building. I see now where people felt Gary was a "superman." I didn't play up the parts where he screws up (but still makes it through). While it's told first person, and I'm not including much interior thought, which might help people understand where the cool, calm, snarkish exterior comes from. Just a thought with this. When I'm writing ghost stories, or dark fantasy, when things go to crap my characters don't stand around with their feet on the ground going "OMG, there's friggin' zombies eating my brains! It's so weird. I'm so freaked out." Mostly because most people don't really react that way.
Before people are parents, or have to care for someone else, the thought of catching someone else's sneeze in their hand, or wiping the butt of someone else can lead to the "ZOMG!" moment. However, when faced with that, most people just
So when Gary needs to do something, he does it. Or tries to. And by attempting it he appears competent.
To just keep it going tomorrow, "OMG, I can't write, nothing is coming out." ::waits, looking toward the heavens::