Decided I needed to see how much room I really had to work with before I had to get ambitious with the editing, and I did the nasty old writer trick of going through, seeing which chapters ended at the top of a page, and judiciously pruning a little. Got back a thousand manuscript words that way, at a total cost of sixty-seven actual real words on the page.
So, new word meter thingy:
Here's the TOC so far, for your amusement. (in format: CHAPTER NUMBER: Chapter Title (word count) MS pg #)
ONE: Fairytale of New York (3,821) 4
TWO: Whiskey, You're the Devil (2,393) 21
THREE: Seen the Lights go out on Broadway (4,378) 32
FOUR: This Free Will (4,297) 51
FIVE: The Ballad of Thomas the Rhymer. (5,005) 70
SIX: A New York Minute (4,879) 93
SEVEN: The Boston Rag (3,449) 115
EIGHT: If I Should Fall from Grace with God (3,416) 131
NINE: The Tower (5,312) 146
TEN: Madman Across the Water (3,771) 170
ELEVEN: Babylon (6,576) 187
TWELVE: Belfast to Boston (4,078) 217
THIRTEEN: Devil in Blue Jeans (4,255) 235
FOURTEEN: The Gypsy Laddie (Black-Jack Davy) (4,509) 254
FIFTEEN: I Guess the Lord Must be in New York City (5,447) 274
SIXTEEN: Chasing the Dragon (6,980) 298
SEVENTEEN: An Englishman in New York (5,831) 329
EIGHTEEN: Please Come to Boston (5,489) 355
NINETEEN: Everything Goes To Hell (6,169) 380
TWENTY: East Village Buffalo Poppy (10,705) 408
TWENTY-ONE: If It Be Your Will (4,011) 456
TWENTY-TWO: They Came To Boston (3,836) 474
TWENTY-THREE: King of New York (7,465) 491
TWENTY-FOUR: Dirty Water (4,127) 525
TWENTY-FIVE: Hoist That Rag (2,419) 543
TWENTY-SIX: The Arrangement (3,679) 554
TWENTY-SEVEN: New York City, King Size Rosewood Bed (6,067) 571
I am now commencing Chapter 28, "Why Did I Leave South Boston?" continuing the jaunting back-and-forth-to-Boston theme.
The last chapter is tentatively titled "Once Upon a Time In New York City." I'm not yet sure what will fit the pause points between here and there. Although "Whiskey in the Jar" looks likely as a possibility. And "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" and "Snowing in Brooklyn" are also pretty strong contenders. I'm sad that it looks like I won't get to use "Skinhead on the MBTA," but there have been no T scenes. Alas.
Why, yes, I am a little manic.
P.S., send cabana boys.