My WIP is a YA fantasy told first person by my MC. I just got through reading the responses to another thread (Tense shifting) and think we have a similar issue but am still confused and so I'm beginning my own thread on the subject. My MC is telling the story from the back end. He goes on a journey and returns to tell the story. I don't have a copy on me, but I'm pretty sure Riordan does this with his Percy Jackson novels. I know, maybe I should go get one, eh? Maybe. On the other hand, it's 10:26pm, I'm fifty miles from the nearest bookstore and six time zones from the nearest open library. Love you guys... The problem is, there are things the MC is telling in real time - and other things he is remembering about the trip. It's just the way I'd imagine him speaking though. For instance, the story begins like so: Okay, lots of past tense here. A smattering of present tense as well. Yet, I don't know how to fix it - or even if it's broken. I start with, "It was..." past tense. In line three, "She's my home. At least she's my..." present tense. Starting paragraph two, Back to present tense. Or did I never leave present tense and I'm worrying about the wrong stuff?