Wow, I'd forgotten how tangled and messy this story gets... I've spent all day working and only just got into chapter 19.
There's the three different timelines, right? Well, through most of the story, it's just switching between two of them: the present where they're trying to get rid of the body, and the party six months earlier.
There are very few mentions/hints about the third timeline (the night Jackson died) until chapter 17, and the timeline with the party (6 months earlier) doesn't end until midway through chapter 18.
Which is why my fast & furious progress yesterday suddenly got jerked from third gear into first, 'cause for two entire chapters, I've had all three timelines to deal with, and they have to flow together, yet each one also has to be easily recognizable from the other two.
I'm on page 87/114 (single spaced), and my word count has inched up to 52,350.
Even though it's been a slow day, I'm happy with the progress I've made. Especially that I made it into chapter 19 where we're back to just two timelines.
You may not believe me, but from here on, the story gets much simpler.
...and with this post, I've probably terrified all the wonderful people who have agreed to read/critique when I'm done this major round of edits...
Sorry, guys... but at least I'm giving you a taste of what you've gotten yourself into...
...and seriously, someone whack me with a rolled up newspaper if I ever mention it might be fun to write another multiple-timeline-story.
Actually, scratch the newspaper idea. Make it a Louisville Slugger ;)