I've been working on my Troll Wife story for six years. Now, technically, four of those years don't count, because I stopped writing during those years. I didn't stop thinking about writing (in general) and Troll Wife (in particular), but I just didn't do any writing. (No, it wasn't writer's block.)
This year, I'm determined to finish this revision. But I'm scared. I look at the subplots that have gotten moved around and are out of order, and I'm just overwhelmed. I know that Troll Wife has to get the cream before Thor Thunderfist gets attacked. I know that Troll Wife doesn't find out he's being shunned until after he's been attacked. I know that Brux has to be attacked before Thor Thunderfist. I'm pretty sure that chapter four is too late to introduce the villain. If Brux is getting attacked while the Troll Wife is meeting with the elvish queen, then Troll Wife should be shot after that, but she can't be walking normally when Thor is attacked.
Normally, I love solving puzzles and fixing things. What is going on here? What is so scary about this? If I just chop it up into individual scenes, and lay them out in order like a linear puzzle, I should be able to do fix this.
I need timeline help. And someone to tell just listen while I sort out the problems and cry bitter tears.