Chapter 12 is supposed to be 'filler', it's a chance for the characters to get off the beaten path, literally, and to talk about some things. The problem is, deciding what they need to talk about. I'm trying to decide by asking myself, 'what does the reader need to know to make sense of the plot/world?' It's harder than it sounds. There's so much they could talk about or actually would talk about, I think. I'm honestly not sure what I should put in and what I should leave out.
I guess the answer is to keep writing...put it all in and then go back later and cut out what isn't needed. The only problem with that is I'm not the best at cutting. It might be better to cut now by not putting stuff in. Frustrating.
I have another day to dwell on it, tonight is IM gaming night, so no real writing unless I steal some time during lunch at work.
I do have some ideas of what to put in these two chapters before Balt shows up, we'll just have to see how Chapters 12 and 13 go.