Books: the actor and the housewife
  Random info unworthy of a title

Here's a log of the word counts for each of my drafts (major drafts that is--I do many more smaller drafts). Looking at this list, it may seem like all I do in drafts is add (or in the last couple of drafts, cut) but I do lots of cutting and changing each rewrite. E.g. draft 2 was 5000 words longer than draft 1, but I probably added about 10,000 words that draft, cutting another 5k.
Draft 1 - 56,500 (begun: Sept 06, finished: Feb 07)
Draft 2 - 61,470
Draft 3 - 89,700
Draft 4 - 106,600
Draft 5 - 131,800
Draft 6 - 141,500
Draft 7 - 132,600
Draft 8 - 130,400 (finished: Dec 08)
I went on to make more changes during the copy edit stage than I have with any other book. Even at the final proofing stage (which is only for double checking for typos) I added two entire paragraphs. I could have tinkered with this book for years.

Music sneaked in as a kind of character in this book. Here are all the songs mentioned:

A Kiss to Build a Dream On, Louis Armstrong
Islands in the Stream, Dolly Pardon and Kenny Rogers
Lady, Kenny Rogers Wicked Game, Chris Isaac
Short People, Randy Newman
Chain of Fools, Aretha Franklin
The Way that You Walk, Smashmouth
Theme from The Godfather
It's Been a Long, Long Day, Paul Simon
Dream a Little Dream of Me
I'm Going to Go Back There Someday
Goody Two Shoes, Adam Ant
Just a Gigolo, David Lee Roth
More Than a Woman, the Bee Gees
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
Danny Boy
That's Amore, Dean Martin
I Am a Child of God, an LDS hymn
Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler
Summer Lovin', Grease

Some of the titles I considered (I was going to name the main character Ginny and played with changing her last name):

The Actor and the Housewife
The Lost Art of Kissing
How to Kiss
A Kiss in Three Acts
Kissing the Actor
Kissing Friends
The Romancing of Ginny James
The Romancing of Becky Jack (if I ever write a sequel, this will be the title)
The Loves of Ginny Jack
The Miracles of Ginny Jaggie
The Miracle of Becky Jack
Ginny Gem and Her Men
Ginny Kinney
Ginny, Mike, and the Actor Man
Arm Candy
Kismet


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