Well, folks, I don't have much to say today, mostly because I'm just basking in celebration.
A week or so ago I shared with y'all that I had finished the first draft of my book, 27 Million Revolutions, detailing the story and reflections of my bike trip fighting slavery. At the time I estimated that the finished product would contain about 60,000 words--the other day Danielle asked me to calculate how many pages that would be, so I picked up a book that seemed to have average-sized paper and average font/line spacing, literally counted all the words on a page in that book, then did some math: turns out 60,000 words equals approximately 180 pages, a lot more than I thought. Anyway, I have now basically completed adding all that I want to include from my blog that I kept during the trip and have been less-than-regularly updating since the trip and from the Polaris Project website and other materials that I used during the trip. The total is now a little more than 80,000 words.
Now the editing begins. I'll be printing out the manuscript and doing the editing the old-fashioned way, which is the only way I know how. The word count will go up a bit at first, and then fall a bit more after. 80,000 might be the final count. Then I'll have a real book that won't just be some small little crap thing.
Originally I had thought that I'd be done by the end of October. But even a thorough editing will only take approximately four or five days; then a perhaps a little more time to let my friends and first-readers to offer feedback and such and edit a bit more if that feedback is not entirely to my liking.
Want to be a first-reader? Just let me know by e-mailing me or something and I'll e-mail you a copy after the editing is finished. Go me! And go fighting slavery!