As I drink my first cup of coffee on this lowering and damp Saturday morning, 66% of Dragon in Exile’s Penultimate Manuscript is Ultimate. This is down from yesterday evening’s report to Facebook of 68%, because Steve needed to tweak the Last Missing Scene, and tweaking added words. The Penultimate Manuscript, then — and always realizing that this is a Fluid Thing — stands at 125,000 words. It is equally possible, in the upcoming process, that we will lose or gain words. Occasionally, the word count at the end of the last edit remains exactly the same, but the specific words have all been altered.
In any case, I have 34% or about 36,000 words/190 pages of Penultimate Draft to transform into Ultimate Draft. The 83,000 words that lie behind me had been pretty well gone over, and over, and over, so progress was swift. The ones that lie ahead — not so much with the polishing. Expect progress to slow.
The final draft is due to Madame the Editor on Monday, September 15, and we’re still well on track to meet that deadline.
For those playing along at home, I have heard from the Top Secret Office at Nook Press, which assures me that they are looking into the non-payment problem. So, that.
And I think that’s all I’ve got. Writers are boring when they’re on deadline. . .
So! What’re you doing this weekend that’s fun?