...it totally happened.
The rough draft is El Finito, and hey, I don't completely hate the story anymore and want it to die a fiery death, so things are looking up.
The Final (probably to change during massive edits) Word Count:
81,323 / 40,000
Um, yeahhhh... that's not a typo. Now I know I said I was totally going to wrap this up without approaching the 70,000 mark, but apparently some people had a lot to say, and in general don't shut up no matter how much I wish for them to so I can finish and get some sleep and I'm totally not bitter in my run on sentences.
I would like to thank the Academy...
Actually, in all seriousness, I owe a huge, huge thanks to a lot of people for their support during this, but I want to give a special shout out to three people in particular: twit1217, leesa_perrie, and kristen999. Without their constant support, research help, "Get some sleep, Grey", cheering, write-offs, "DON'T YOU DARE GIVE UP ON ME", cat macros, and emergency plot session cell phone calls, I'm pretty sure I would have given into despair and quit months ago. Thank you guys, seriously, thank you.
Now... now I can sleep.