51,046. Thought I’d write Silk River in present tense, but I’ve changed my mind about that. The voice gave me trouble, the kind of trouble I don’t need, so I’m not going to try a risky method. I’ll make better progress if I don’t have to struggle with the voice. Why drop rocks in my way? Why stub my toe with every step? I’ve switched back to third person subjective, and I revised those first 5 pages into that voice this morning, catching up to the end of the scene. Things flowed much better.