I have struggled for so long with The Night Lamp. I finally took a good look, not like I haven't before, but this time I accepted what I saw. Too many characters. Too much subplot. It had to go. I cut 15000 words in one fell swoop. Ouuuuch! I won't tell you how many characters were laid low. Frightening. I know as soon as I heal up over this, I will have a book that is lean and ready to make a promising debut.