For all of you keeping score at home regarding my novel progress, this is just a note to let you know I just cracked the 100,000-word mark, which makes it my longest novel ever. (Agent and Old Man were both in the 96,000-word area of things).

Patrick, if you’re reading this, never fear: There’s just one and two-thirds chapters left to write. My personal guess is that this baby’s going to top off in the 110,000 range. If it goes much longer than that I may have to shoot myself.

Also, of course, each and every word is essential. Essential, do you hear me!

Back to it —

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