3 clear days in the studio, with no visits to do and only slightly less urgent admin hovering in the background (those accounts! My receipts folder is officially bursting...).
I showed the bare bones of the story to some writers at a SCBWI meeting recently in Manchester, and got a few suggestions. The most interesting was to run Jack and Lila's stories in parallel, from the very beginning, to actually divide the book's pages horizontally.
I have been experimenting in my sketch book during odd moments, generating Jacks' story, but unfortunately can't make this idea work. It gets far too complicated after a while, and I don't like having only a narrow strip to draw each half of the story in.
So I am going to try another idea, from my friend Cass, of introducing Jack incidentally at the beginning, in the background of Lila's story. Watch this space...