Giant roll of sticky-tape, check – Hammer and some BIG nails, check – large pot of paste, check – Staple gun, check – String, check – Attitude (big mobs), check – Okay, the little exercise known as manuscript salvaging is underway and I expect it to take about a week to get the basics together and understand the flow and the pace that comes out of the new format.
After that, I’ll know what I’m doing and I should very quickly be back to the level I was before the thing unraveled. That will be the connect-the-segments I have and glue-it-all-back-together part of it, which should take maybe another week.
What comes after that is some heavy duty thinking and writing time to get back on schedule. Counting all my notes in all my various working files, by my reckoning, I still have around 300 create-from-scratch pages to produce, which is about 90,000 words.