A hundred and sixty. Thousand.
That’s how many words Upgrade’s first releasable draft has. Printed out in proof form, it’s about the size of a phone book for a mid-sized city.
Going through the edits for this one, I learned a bunch of things about myself. For example, it’s possible to know how to use an apostrophe correctly at the start, but by the end, you’re not even sure if apostrophes should still be included in the English language anymore. All time records of self-doubt, you know?
It’s beer o’clock. But… I’m really pleased with the manuscript.