I've managed to whack it down to under
19,000 words. Barely. I do not see how I chainsaw 2,000 words out of this. I really don't.
But. Once I finish this pass, then I'll print it out and go over it with red pen on paper, the old-fashioned way. Hopefully get at least part of it done before the Super Bowl.
And, you know, it is what it is. If I can't get it down to the 17K that's the upper limit for WotF, then I'll send it to the markets that take stuff longer than that. This one is just as problematic a sell as my "guy sells soul to devil" story, if not more so, because we have angels (who are good guys), demons (who are actual bad guys and not misunderstood woobies, although one is sympathetic), and
a serial killer (who is a real asshole). So, yeah. I realize that about this, and I'm okay with it. I love this story and whacking stuff out of it wholesale is not the way to go here, I don't think.
Also, I'm planning on posting it here for the Usual Suspects
. If you click that link and nothing comes up, you're not on the list. If you'd like to be on the list, or would like to be taken off it, shoot me a note. :) This one will probably take three posts, because, you know, long story is long.
All right. *girds loins* Back to it.