149,464 words. I begin to think I could probably cut the entire book....
Another way I'm getting mondo words out of this thing is by cutting the reflexive POV-grounding.
Dear Bear, you do not need to constantly say, "He noticed," or "as he had expected--"
It's a bad workshop habit. Get rid of it.
Here, go listen to Andrew Bird. It's coffeeem's fault. This song is utter crack.