I have figured out my problem or at least one of them. I usually work on Carol's book after I've done everything else and usually at the end of the day. I am now changing it to a priority and going to work on it first thing in the morning - after the dog, breakfast, a load of laundry and a couple of bills.
Still working on values - this time a light painting with secondary midtone and a smidgen of black.
I don't think we will eat the egg that has been sitting under a lamp - the dog is about to get lucky.