Things that will be cut from the first draft of the novel:
1. The game "I will go to the hospital with..."
3. The Christian bookshop run by drug dealing old ladies and, consequently, their gangsters
4. The "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" knockoff about pulling mice out of the ceiling tiles
It may seem as though I'm cutting the most interesting part of the story, but hopefully the story that is developing in the absence of these elements is more relatable and...believable. I will miss the showdown on opening night, but the plot was becoming too Bobbie Faye.
Date set for completion of the second draft: September 1
Daily word count goal: 1,432