I now have a first draft of six chapters of Henley's Ricotta. With over 11,000 words so far and barely a quarter of the story written, I think the word count may hit novel status afterall.
There are new characters which have added to the pace and chaos that I have set out to achieve. I often think of the novels of Tom Sharpe famed for Riotous Assembly, Porterhouse Blue and the Wilt series plus many more (I've read them all) as the benchmark that I strive to aim for.
With Get Writing 2012 less than a month away, I think I have done enough to make my pitch to an agent. I need to write a synopsis, a log line and rehearse what I'm going to say. I don't think there will be anybody signed up on the strength of a very brief meeting at a conference, but it is exposure and the best I can hope for is to be given the names of some contacts that might be willing to take a look in a more conventional manner. http://www.vwc.org.uk/getwriting2012.php