…to be absent from the blog. Sorry about that. I've had my head buried in fixing the plot, and that always leaves me silent.
I have finished the read-through and, as I suspected, I left out half the story. (Okay, maybe not half, as such. I do like to exaggerate.) Inserting the missing half while not inflating the word count might, in any other circumstance, prove difficult — but luckily (ha!), I appear to have doubled up on story as well, so cutting the extraneous should make everything balance out. That's the plan, anyway. My beta drafts always tend to grow. We'll see if this one bucks the pattern or not.
In the meantime, there is little to no chance I'll remember to update the blog between now and the new year, so have a great one, and I'll see you all on the flip side.