Finished up the first day of the story (out of four days). If the other days are as long as the first, the story will be 12,000 words, which is way too long for the story's weight. But the other days will be shorter, because day 1 is heavy with scene-setting and introduction of characters. I hope.
I was able to add nearly a thousand words in about an hour by virtue of pulling in large amounts of text from my source document. The challenge now will be to cut it back. But it's very good stuff. I need to decide how much of the wonderful atmosphere of this diary, which is what I fell in love with in the first place, will have to be sacrificed on the altar of Plot.
Oh, and I also have to go back and add another ghost.
The Plot must live!