One of the big things I'm messing with right now is changing up how I enter act 2. Looking at how other stories (mostly sci fi/fantasy) have done this, I find it often ends with a person being chosen in some form: Ender is chosen to go to battle school. Katniss is chosen to go to the hunger games. Bilbo is chosen by Gandalf to go with the dwarves. And others. I'm trying to stray away from this as a plot device, but I find it's so easy to fall into. I'm not sure what my point of this thread was, maybe just to hear your thoughts on it, or hear other ideas for getting into a second act...I don't know, but it's troubling me, for some reason.