Well, I had to get tough with my muse.
I hated having to do it, but you can't let muses slack off on you or they get lazy and eat all your chips. Sometimes you just have to crack that whip. It's for their own good.
Anyways, I'm starting to get better ideas about how to go forward. My original idea was simply too stilted and lame. Today I've come up with two that are better. Nothing written down yet, since I have to decide which way to go, but things are moving forward. I'll stratagize what I can do with each scenario today and tonight, then get back to writing tomorrow when the kids are in school.
Things are looking up.