Last night I reached Page 50 of a manuscript and still did not know what the heck it was about. When I called the author, I was told that he was setting the stage for the action to come. What? Is this what they're teaching in creative writing classes now? I gently guided my writer off the road called Self Indulgence and back on to Hope To Stand a Chance of Getting Published Street. But I'm worried. I'm seeing a lot of this and the source (a book? an instructor?) must be tracked down and corrected.