Well, damn it all to (expletive). I tried starting off a novel this morning... and this afternoon... and this evening. And already two pages in I'm hating the story idea I've got. And it sounded so good on paper.
The problem is, I'm not writing from experience on a story that is going to require some experience. Operating on assumptions is a terrible way to go.
So I'm starting over. I'm gonna try something else for the next 2 1/2 hours to get something produced for this first day.