Congratulations! Lots of kick-buttness in this post.
I love pull-ups! CrossFit teaches a pull-up trick to really strengthen that set of muscles: "pull-downs" - with help or by jumping, get into top position and s l o w l y lower one's self down using good form. My physical therapist had me using those big rubber bands at first, and some folks prefer those. I've shown a bunch of friends who otherwise assumed they couldn't do pull-ups at all, and now they can.
I got started focusing on pull-ups after my accident, because I had to or I'd lose full use of my left arm and suffer neck and back pain forever. Well, now I'm stronger than I've ever been. Hooray for getting stronger while getting, ahem, more experienced.
Yeah, stories vs. novels - they really are different animals, and not just in length. When a novelist gives that level of attention to the prose in such a long work, I really appreciate it. On the other hand, we don't see many of those books, because they take FOREVER to complete, and most people don't even notice the attention, anyway....