I went back over those troublesome early chapters again, added what will hopefully be the necessary internalizations, cut about a thousand words and added them all back in. I'm still hard up against my word limit... but I'm finding less to tweak as the book goes on.
Of course, if I am a lucky Bear, I will have a nice note from arcaedia tomorrow with some new things to fix.
I also just reread the first chapter of the rough draft of Carnival, and man it needs work.
Fortunately, I have the time to give it some.