I'm about 5 days late on the re-write. Then again, I filled in the story with a bunch of material, wrote 4 new chapters, and more or less did a lot of things that could be considered part of the re-write. From 67,000 words I'm also now over 80,000 words, which was the goal. If I add the usual 10%, it's possible I could reach 90,000 words, which is even better.
I'm going to up the daily re-write goal to 25 pages, from 20 pages, but it will probably still take me a couple days into May.
So I need to go through and make the story flow, then send it off to get edited.
A couple of changes. I'm going to change several names to an Italian origin, since they are "made" members of the mob.
I'm also going to change the name of a prominent landscape feature from "Juniper Ridge" to "Deadfall Ridge."
The title of the book is currently, "Deadfall." But I'm thinking of calling it "Deadfall Ridge."
I'm changing the lava caves to old Chinese gold mines (which has the virtue of being based on the real fact that there were Chinese gold mines in the Strawberry Mountains.)
Other than that, I think it's good to go.
Just have to lock myself into my room and get it done. (This is not the sort of thing I can do on my walk, unfortunately. It's a game of concentration rather than creativity, remembering all the little details of the story. Instead of energizing me, it enervates me. So it's an entirely different process.)
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