So we turned to business, a strange group with responsibilities we had never planned: a child, a socialite, twenty-two spirits and I.
Journal of the Dead first draft: 114,181 words
Journal of the Dead second draft: 111,992 words
Yes, I finally (re)wrote the last sentence. Third draft forthcoming, but for now - whoot!
(I am concerned that the total decrease was only a little over two thousand words, but there was a lot I felt I had to expand / explain. Hoping that won't be the case with Scylla and Charybdis ... erp.)