Finished the magnificent death scene for the ancient villain. Pretty good stuff, if I do say so myself. There are still several more paragraphs to create, though--another baddie hasn't yet entered the room to survey the damage.
For the musically inclined, the phrase "pitch perfect" needs no explanation, and it describes what I'm seeking: dialogue so true that it sounds natural to the speakers, and action that fits the characters like their own skins. Unfortunately, perfectionism makes for slow writing. (There are two current projects that I'm pretty much writing by the seat of my pants, so to speak, no perfectionism in sight.)
Due to less-than-ideal circumstances yesterday, I didn't get to bed till about 5 a.m.; looks like I'm going to be awake till crazy hours again. Maybe the missing paragraphs will come to me in lieu of dreams.
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Update: Whoo Hoo! The entire chapter is finished, the ending totally unexpected--at least by the author. I'm feeling good about this part of the manuscript, and have moved on to the next chapter, which I am going to leave incomplete for now, since the time is a few minutes past 5 a.m., and I do need a few hours of sleep before work.