I'm not sure if this kind of thing has any prognosis, but there's no harm putting it out there. So, I was thinking it would help me and (and my prospective "novel buddy") if we worked on our novels together--something along the lines of a progress journal and a critique exchange, . Kind of like having a skull to bounce ideas off of. Well...a skull with brain tissue, and such. A better analogy would be a weight loss buddy. We can track our progress together, discuss our novel's plot, characters, complications, etc. A full-out critique could also be a possibility once we've established trust of some sort, I suppose. I'm not sure what exactly it will accomplish, but I always benefited from having someone to talk to my novel about extensively, even if they didn't have any suggestions. I guess in reciprocity it would help only more. Since this is pretty vague from the outset, interested "novel buddies" (gosh, I need a better title) could post here, starting with what they think should be the operational rules and outcomes of such a partnership. People with similar availability (so that neither feels ignored or overburdened) are probably preferred. Let's see if this bears any fruit.