Well, here it is. Four months later, countless revisions...swelling the page count to 360, and then slimming it down to 292 pages. It literally felt like going on a diet! The funny thing is, despite the crash diet, I really didn't cut much out of the essential revisions I made.
I've also had the ms read by half a dozen readers, including two 17-year-old girls (one said it was "better than crack," which I found a bit disturbing. The other finished it at five in the morning, in one sitting), a sixth grade reading teacher, and two pretty decent copy editors.
I sent the email at two in the morning. So, with Late Night put to bed...once again...for now...I can now focus on my trip to New York City.
This morning, Corb and I will pack and head off with our friends Judi and Sue at around ten. We're going to see Guys and Dolls tonight, and tomorrow night, celebrate Judi's birthday with a few friends. That's all I know so far, but more to come!