Why, yes, that IS the sound of head hitting desk! Why do you ask?
Here's how utterly ridiculous "Shooting Stars" has already gotten, in only the last two days. I had to actually do the next chunk of the story, not because it was exactly ready to be done, not because I had planned to do it, not because of anything sensible like that. Oh, no no no. I had to do the next chunk of the story because I couldn't figure out how the layout would work without actually doing the layout which meant doing the story!
That said, I am now beginning to understand why people try not to do a lot of talking heads stuff with this type of story. Quiet conversational stories are not necessarily a great fit for a more visual medium, no. But it wanted to go there, so by gum! it will get gone there! Not MY fault that it realized too late that this might not be the right way to go. (Though I think it will be the right way, eventually. Eventually.)
On the upside, I am actually done with it for the next few days, at least.
On the upper side, the next chunk (not the next chunk you're going to see, but the next chunk that I'm going to work on, whenever) is the part that's been annoying me for ... huh. Six months now. Well, imagine that. And because it's been annoying me for six months, I pretty much know what it's going to be, I hope, unlike the last two pieces which were sort of ... ambush story. (Also: part of that chunk features Adventure Librarians! ... who aren't exactly adventuring at that point but who are librarianing.)
On the upper east side, that's the chunk that will be seriously NSFW! Pene pene everywhere! Huzzah! Or something like that. (Strangely, that part of the story doesn't want to be porn. Just very very naked. Weird.)