Off into the sunset.

After 1084 more words, I'm declaring myself done for now. I have one or two conclusion paragraphs left in me, and I know well enough that anything I write at this time of night will need to be heavily revised anyhow. And so--unless inspiration smites me first thing when I get up, which seems sort of possible, given the way this thing has developed so far--I'll be leaving maybe 300-500 words short of my goal.

I'm still going to scoop these damned notes off my desk before I go, even if I'm not quite done with the piece.