Earlier this week, I finished the major revision I've been working on since last fall. I started the project with 117,000 words and ended with a little more than 89,000. It just blows me away that I was able to take out 28,000 words! That's about 1/4 of the manuscript. Actually, I took out more words than that, because I added a few scenes too. But it's been worth it. The writing is much tighter. Along with losing all of the episodic, ho-hum scenes, The Race that Lies Before Us is now a more exciting, faster-paced read.