I have finished my outline and am pretty happy with it. I am particularly pleased with the opening and the ending scenes. (To be able to successfully plot a story, I always need to have a firm beginning and ending in mind.) Sure, there are still some weak spots and holes left to be worked out, but that will come later. My notepad is full of notations about characters’ backgrounds, magical rules, and the politics of this new/alternative world I’ve created—more than enough to clarify the foggy areas of the plot. Now, I’m looking forward to a blissful first draft. I LOVE first drafts.