38,374 words. …

38,374 words. Cecilia wants one more scene, and I agree, it would be good. But I can I write that and still keep the book under 40,000 words, and therefore qualify it as a novella?

Which matters for basically nothing except Hugo Award nomination, and maybe it's foolish to think this even has a shot at that, but you can't win if you don't play, or something like that.

It's going to be a photo finish... (yes, I know, my metaphors have totally gone off the rails at this point, but you know what I mean...)

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