The reading went pretty well, I think. It was a pleasure seeing everybody who showed up.
Also, I only have 150 pages or so of Whiskey & Water to go on this draft. I still need to eke 400 words or so out of it, so I can put them back in in the denouement and resolve the Dangling Cat Plot (As I pointed out to Peter on Thursday, all my books involve pets. I like writing animals, and I like to think I'm pretty good at it), but I'm actually really enjoying this and I think I may have gotten it somewhat right the first time.
We'll see what Liz and arcaedia and the beta readers say, of course: it's a very complex book, and just jam packed with plot and characters, and I kind of feel, looking at it, as if I'm watching a dinosaur pavanne. But I have my fingers crossed that I may have pulled this off.
All right, back into the coal mines.