An update: I have started writing the next chapter/section in my notebook. Too much of a hiatus on this has occurred, and it pains me to admit it. I've been distracted by a lot of things, and a lot of free time has been wasted. I shall attempt to finish writing the first chapter in the next couple of days so that I can complete the electronic transcript of what I've written thus far this coming week.
I will be making a list of officially sanctioned characters from other people for use in the story so I may have their permission to not change names.