Two seconds ago, I finished the end of Part Four, which means I have one part (the denouement) left on this here revision. I have five outline pages to get through, which is, like, another twenty or thirty pages, manuscript wise, maybe? I've been cutting scenes in outline in order to streamline as I go, so it might be even shorter.
In addition, I wrote a draft query letter for The Keegans of Banner's Edge today. This was mostly spurred by (a) needing to have a query done before I finish editing the WIP, so that I have time to get that query right before I want to send it out and (b) because a few of my writing friends and I are exchanging queries and first chapters---some in preparation for the query trenches, others in preparation for #PitchWars and #PitMad.
Oddly enough, as I wrote the pitch portion of my query, which is a torture device designed for overly verbose writers, I realized that my next, as-yet-to-be-written story, the one I'm referring to as The Buccaneers-meets-Downton Abbey-meets-The Heiress, has a much better hook and clearer conflict--and I haven't even figured it out all the way yet! See, the more you write, the more you grow.
As usual, full doc stats for The Keegans first:
Words: 88, 087 (this might actually come out shorter than the last draft, which would be awesome)
Part Four stats:
Words: 14, 373
Chapters: 41 to 50, so 9 chapters
In November, the Banstons held another dinner
Why gloss it over in a fairy story way?
This was the ugliness of reality.