I finally finished a book I wrote in 2006. It started as a 58,000 word story spanning 21 years; it's now a 28,000 word story spanning 7 years.
How do you go about slashing 30,000 words? With abandon, that's how :-) I had a red pen in my hand, and just scribbled out at least three sub plots and ten characters. In 2006 I thought the story needed a happy ending; in 2014, I realised it just needed a fitting ending.
Now, I'm going to take a couple of days rest, then start on some brand new short stories. It's been ages since I wrote a story, so I'm really look forward to it.