Spent most of yesterday researching Qin Dynasty ceramics (terracotta) technology and techniques and pottery/ceramics in general. Found I needed to replace all the metallurgy and metalworking facts and figures I'd acquired for this story with clayware details when I excised the steampunk element. And the Pygmalion influence is definitely getting more pronounced.
Hoping to get it to zero draft today. Can't believe it's taken me a month to (not yet) write a 6K story. Productivity fail!
I ought to have been able to crank this out in two weeks or less. *grumble* Feeling the suckitude.