2000 words, rest of chapter sorted out, good work out at gym. I’m really getting the sense that Blackbird will be the longest Colplatschki novel.
Gripe: if you are write a fantasy novel set in the 1800s, do not use “gift” as a verb. Even in the character’s native language, the word for gift cannot be verbed. The usage threw me out of the story. I’m not asking for linguistic purity by any means, but eschew quasi-slang verbiage, please.