2. I tried the "double chocolate chip frappuccino" at B&N because I was there to spend a birthday gift card, and someone had said B&N made a good iced chocolate, and I thought this might be what they meant. Um, no. It was not; or if it was, we have different definitions of what is good in iced chocolate. Because they had apparently called it "chocolate chip" because they had noticed that it was extremely gritty, so they decided to make a virtue of a necessity. To attempt a virtue of a necessity, at least. I had four sips of it. Then I threw it away, because drinking any more of it would have been more of a waste of my mouth than throwing it away was a waste of drink. (The waste of money was irrelevant: the money had already been wasted, and nothing I could do would call it back.)
3. Here is how the gift card spending process went:
Rational Brain: We could wait awhile to get the other Yolen/Stemple book.
Little Voice: The flap says it has butterheads in.
RB: It's the same price as two mass-market paperbacks.
RB: And it's not even as long as an average one, so that's less than half the reading.
RB: And we just read one of theirs recently, and variety is good.
This is the same little voice that prompted me to write and sell the short story "Butterhead" to begin with. It's a scary little voice. So I am now the proud owner of Troll Bridge, and the little voice will maybe shut up for another couple of years, and I am happy despite the heat and the utter failure of the chocolate-chip frappywhatsit, and I will now delete everything that used to be Lucy's first letter to Edward, because I finally figured out the problem: it was Laura's first letter to Edward instead. But she's not Laura any more, she's Lucy, and the letter has to be completely different despite containing all the same information.
Do not change your characters' names, is what I'm telling you. It will come back to bite your butt. (Of course, having her still be Laura would be far, far worse.)
But at least I know what to do, and that makes me happy.