Untouched word count @ 29,500.
Oooh, yeah, so close to 30K I can taste it. Except not really, because you can't really taste words. Hm, or can you? What do words taste like? I guess it would vary, for example, I would imagine that purple prose would have a distinct sugary, sticky flavor, like a grape lollipop.
In other news, the first chapter of Untouched is up on CC in all it's drafty entirety. I already have one critique, but it wasn't as helpful as I would have hoped, and only the first 1/4th of the story was even critiqued. :( Hope I get some good critiques that cover the whole story- the newbie queue only allows a max of 6 critiques, so I'm a little disappointed about that.
UPDATE: I spent a couple minutes looking up the critter who critiqued my story and I discovered that English is not their native tongue. This makes me feel a bit better, because I really felt like they didn't understand the voice of the story at all, so perhaps my voice just doesn't translate well. Don't quite know what to make of that...