So the struggle I was having earlier, I figured it out.
Trella wants to tell her own story, not have me tell it for her. I struggled through the beginnings of the first chapter because it was in third person. When I switched to first person, it rolled. Now I just need the folks at work to leave me alone long enough on my days off to actually write for the next two days. Keep talking to me Trella. Your story is one I want to share!