Just a quick progress report. I’m five days into drafting Oaths of My Fathers, and I’m currently about 11,000 words in, trying to reach 13,500 today. I’m sort of behind because I started by Day 1 at about 9pm and only got a few hundred words in rather than the 3000 words-per-day target. However, each day since then, I’ve hit well over 3000, so I am definitely on track to catch up. Then again, weekends with the kids at home is tough.
But it is underway, and I’ve got a pretty good feel for the plot route I’m taking. The target size is 90,000 to 100,000 words. Ships came out to about 86,000, and Debts is currently much longer at 107,000. My drafts tend to grow during edits as I see things that I left out the first time through, so even if I wrap up at 90,000, Oaths may very well top 100,000 before it goes out the door.