I'm still busy editing, shopping, planning, praying, writing, preparing and organizing myself for the upcoming writers conference, but just had to post that I have managed, with much sweat and a few tears and a headache or two, at long last... drum roll please... to get this crazy big novel edited down UNDER my Seemingly Impossible Goal of 200,000 words.
I still have quite a number of chapters to work through, so it's going to go down more. Probably not a whole lot more (hmm... 195,000 would be nice, wouldn't it?), but at least I no longer have that big green 2 staring at me every time I check the word count.
Current count: 199,802
Ah... that looks good.