68,488 words, and DONE with Part II. Whew. I have sent it off to first readers, and now I am taking a big break and trying not to think about it too much until Saturday, while I work on other things. I’ll only have a week to finish it when their comments come back, but I think drafting Part III will go quickly — it should be less than 20K, I think. I hope. We’ll see! And now, a scheduled appointment at the dentist. Damn, I should’ve planned this better.