I've gotten my hero to where he meets the aliens, and they are being drawn much more precisely and actively than before.
Rewriting can be your friend.
Hopefully, it will be done soon, and then I will be making the money that will eventually create the family fortune, and then (while we are dreaming) endow some foundation like the Ashley Foundation for War (to fight the Carnegie Foundation for Peace). That's a joke, people. Move along now.