Tricia prepped for a road trip and Brenna made a connection in the clues, in The Soul Blade Chapter 20.
By the time this part of the story came up, I realized that the driving force of the plot was Tricia. If Tricia went to ground, Brenna would have to take courses in investigation to keep going. Fortunately, Tricia's scheme needs more victims. By giving her a number of needed victims to get her ultimate plot completed, Tricia will keep the plot going until Brenna can make the connection needed.
Speaking of the connection, Brenna finally made a critical link. Summer's notes from Chapter 19 and Brenna talking it out with Krista let her figure out the missing info she needed. She now knows Tricia is collecting skeletons, and may have an idea why. Now, a plan to stop the evil witch.
During NaNo, there's always doldrums somewhere around the second or third week as an idea reaches the end of its tether and there are still more words and story to go. Getting Brenna on the right path was never planned when I started; I was hoping that I could get her to the needed scene somehow. Sometimes, the doldrums result in filler material as I try to keep the momentum going while still trying to figure out what happens next. I had Tricia here to help, but her part was something that came later when I realized I needed to show the villain at work. Brenna's still pretending she's in a cozy mystery, spending time with friends.
The situation does improve, though there were a few dangling plot lines that didn't want to wrap up when the main plot started coming to a close. I pulled one plot thread out without the story unravelling, but there are a few others, including the Brenna/Matt relationship which was going where I wanted Digital Magic to end up.
Tomorrow, Tricia begins her road trip, in The Soul Blade Chapter 21.
Also tomorrow, over at Psycho Drive-In, Starship Excelsior.
Saturday, over at The Seventh Sanctum, Star Trek: Outpost.