Finished. In essence, done. Not polished, but done. First, Since my last blog, I deleted all those chapters that were lurking out there old and getting older and totally out of place. Yikes. That put me back to 82K. Then I figured out the exact ending and have now drafted the chapters and am at 85,567 and done. Now I just go back and layer and set-up and polish and tie up the loose ends. Get it in front of a critique group, adjust as necessary (am mentally wincing even as I write this) and make it stunningly good. No big deal. Hah. Today I checked Amazon and Lord Ruin was 6,000 something in the rankings, how did that happen? Well, I just bopped out and checked and it’s a more reasonable 25,257 which is still up from before. Guess somebody’s finger slipped or something. Anyway, I’m so relieved to have at last a working draft of The Spare about which I feel really excited. I’d like to be done, polished and sold by March 2003.