I'm trying to intro my MC quickly in the first couple of pages. She's stressed out, a good chunk of her family support structure is off doing other things, her daughter is sick, her community has certain aspects to it that are pivotal to the story, and she has an interesting element in her family ancestry that plays a big role in one of the themes of the book. I tried walking her through the first part of her first day in the book, showing these different reference points along the way, but it's waaaaay too long and boring. I experimented with a few things, and the quickest device (under a page and a half) was to have her get up out of bed and walk through the house, past physical objects that act as the references to these different elements I want to introduce. Plus a part that I think may be too corny and tropish: a reference to a bad dream. Is the bad dream part too corny of a device to use? It's gnawing at me. It's not a full blown dream sequence, but I still think it's too goofy. I'm looking for some help. Thanks.