I've finished with this pass through the manuscript. My attempt to cut 30,000 words has failed; I cut a grand total of 8162 words, and in the next pass I suspect the word count will go back up a bit as I add backstory and a few other things requested by my beta readers. But I believe all those words are needed. If a publisher asks for cuts, I'll just ask them what they want cut. At least it is tighter than it was.
Work on the bathroom continues apace. The tile has been laid on all the walls up to and including the mosaic band all the way around, and a little bit of it includes the chair rail above that. It looks gorgeous, and will look even better once it's been grouted. There's still a couple of days' work to do on that. This weekend we will pick out cabinet knobs and the paint color for the walls.
In other news: my story "Sun Magic, Earth Magic" is now available for everyone to read for free as part of issue #1 of the new webzine Beneath Ceaseless Skies. The direct URL is http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/story.php?s=9. There's also a discussion forum if you want to talk about the story with other readers.
Also, the schedule for Wordstock, "Portland's Festival of the Book," has been posted. Looks like jaylake and I will be appearing together on the Community of Writers Portland Stage at 10:30am on Sunday, November 9. I hope to see a bunch of you Portland people there.
Looking a little further forward, there'll be a group signing by a number of local SF and Fantasy authors at Powell's at Cedar Hills Crossing on November 20. Mark your calendars; more details will be provided later.