I AM HAPPY!
I Accomplished goal number 2: I condensed my book to a reasonable 105,000 words from 118, 000
Now I have to clear my mind (going to watch The Great Gatsby) and then revisit the book and read it from start to end, but it's hard to look at it with fresh eyes.
Next step: I need a beta reader! or several Beta Readers.
Off to Goodreads I go. - in case you don't know that's a site all about books (and they have beta readers)! and if you didn't know that then you need to stop reading this and go there now. Right now.