I was going to have them as part of the problem Jake faces in Palm Springs, but then Lemm changed the parameters in a way that it just doesn't work. I knew he'd be trouble the second he showed up, but I didn't expect him to start dictating plots. And yet, that's exactly what he's done. And Jake's backing him up.
I've got 181 pages reworked...which is almost halfway through what I have, so far. Clarity is forming within it, fortunately. That's one reason dumping the Mormon subplot was good; it was clouding the issues. Jake hated letting it go, because it let him remember a fling he had with a blond missionary...but he wants the story to work as much as I do.
If I gotta sacrifice, so do any characters in the windmills of my mind.