It seems hardly worth it, being almost a half-month late in providing this status, but here it is.
The third draft of the novel is finally finished. At this point I even have some reader comments back on the whole thing. The Matt Bell “weasel-word” check managed to yield nearly 4000 words of cuts. Not all of these were simply a matter of cutting out excessive use of “that”, et al., but rather the sort of close-look at semi-random locations in the novel that revealed flabby prose.
Along the way another novel-excerpt went into submissions and I’ve done some revision work on a workshopped story.
Lots of rejections in the last month and a half, although a few encouraging ones and I’ve also managed to screw up my submissions spreadsheet so there’s some serious fixing work that needs to take place now.