On sober reconsideration I realize that this cowriting process is a lot like the process I went through with my very first novel. If anything it's taken longer to get this story put together than it did Mayhem, but to be fair I didn't have as long periods of time between drafts, though I had some very long rest periods. The time and distance has done nothing but good. We've gotten back to the heart of the story, and I'm excited about what's going to happen next. It may be that, before we're done, that we'll have put a million words into various cowriting projects, which means we might be past the crappy writing phase. Or in this case, crappy cowriting phase.
Onward to writing!