Wow - Boot camp was a great experience.
Fortunately, unfortunately, I will be choosing to take advantage of what I learned by rewriting everything that has happened so far. For most folks, that means they will want to just bow out until I'm finally done, for crying out loud. But for the few, the perserverent, I will continue to maintain this blog.
Two big changes are:
1) I will be telling part of the story from Jonathan's point of view. This will be interesting because I have realized that both Jonathan and Marietta were in a unique position relative to earlier church events. In fact, a future book or novella I plan to write covers their story during 1834-1837.
2) I will be starting this novel from the day Marietta gives birth to her daughter, Mary.
One of the big things folks at the OSC Writers Worshop online focus on is the opening of a story. You want the first 13 lines to leave the reader eager to know more. Orson Scott Card was kind enough to help me work the beginning of my stuff - I'm adding the process here for posterity to know what OSC spared them.