This re-weaving business is making my eyes cross. I've almost reached the end of the original novel material, but there's still a little left that doesn't quite fit with the new direction the story has taken; however, among the old is important information that directly affects the new, so I still have to pick out the threads that I need and discard the rest.
One simplifying idea came to mind as I lay in bed this morning, in that hazy time between waking and actually getting up. I can skip a lot of words and effort--and avoid boring the reader--by simply letting characters arrive where I need them to be. "Duh," right? There's so much action going on that making a simple statement--"they arrived"--seems simple and perfect. After all, the reader knows this particular group of characters is on the road and will meet soon with the main party; why not skip the rest of the trip and just have them show up? Someone ought to have an uneventful journey.
(Reminds me of the wedding in The Princess Bride, when an anxious Prince Humperdinck tells the speech-impaired Venerable Clergyman, "Skip to the end.")
To give my brain a rest, I worked on the pirate story last night--not creating the fiction but compiling a collection of lists: the pirate crew and passengers; the constable freighter and its crew; planets and places; food, drink, and drugs (how plants can be used, not a list of chemicals); clothing and culture; and miscellaneous characters. I'll need a list for currencies in use among the planets, another list for government officials, and still another list of historical events, places, and people that affect the story's present.
And soon, to boost the brain further, I'm going to go plug in the treadmill and pump some blood up to the grey cells. The treadmill is borrowed from a friend, who has borrowed four movies and one book. Fair trade, eh?