Yes, that's right! after 27 grueling days (actually 25 work days and 2 of utter slackerness) I have managed to write the first 50,417 words of my next novel, tentatively entitled "Gideon's Ladies."
Was it worth it? Well, sometime after today, I'll realize that it was. The writing phase is always hard, and putting a word counter on every morsel you manage to crank out is a definition of cruelty. But now I know that this story has legs. it can someday become a novel, and when that day comes, I'll be delighted that I spend November 2010 in this effort. For now, however, it's off to start Christmas preparations (and a good stiff drink, too.)