Don't ask me how I did it, but I completed the preliminary outline for The Last Valentine. I had most of the beginning and ending in my head, and the middle chapters just flowed out of me. I'm very happy about this, but as I make a more detailed outline (lots of research needs to be done), I know I'll find plot holes that might send me whizzing in a different direction, but it 's a start. Here we go again, book number nine coming down the pike. Whee!