BlackKnight - Welcome! And don't feel bad about 419k. My first serious book was 399k. I rewrote it and revised it and got it down to 121k. I know you can do this. Be ruthless.

Zan75 - Hugs. Five hundred words is still progress!

I took on another editing client which will be a long term project. Four books, maybe more. As for writing, I've done none. I was going to last night but work took up most of my time. Must correct this.