The manuscript has dropped down to approximately 78,000 words in total. I have a few other scenes in mind for the cutting room floor as well, and they can depart more easily now that the extended ending has been lopped off.
It's almost like finding the statue in the block of marble--chipping away the extraneous material to get to the story I'm trying to tell. I'm not sure if this is an optimal method for a working writer, but since I still remain in the ranks of hobbyists, I suppose it will have to do. It at least feels better, as I think I may have said here earlier, to be talking about the manuscript I'm revising as opposed to the neat idea I have for a novel.