I managed to carve nearly 5200 words out the book and I'm embarrassed to say most of those were the bane words.
I've put in some long hours on this so I could set it aside and enjoy Christmas. Now that it's done, I have no energy left to celebrate, hence the bland 'woo'.
My own fault, of course. I didn't set aside enough time and had work the long hours, like fourteen hour days long.
I'll give it one more read through before New Year, then post it on the first.
For now, I'm going to share a bottle of bubbles with my eldest sister and catch up.