Total words: 38,337.
Reason for stopping: I have finished chapter ten. Now is the time of sleeping.
Music: mostly Pink, Dar Williams, and Ludo. Still.
The cats: Alice, eating kibble one piece at a time, like a weird raccoon. Others, unknown.
Before you freak out, no, I didn't write 12k in one night. I just missed a few word count updates, and that means I've recorded all the progress between now and then. On the other hand, the book is over a hundred pages long now, and it looks like I may break 50k by the end of next week. So you can get excited about that, if you want.
Ashes of Honor is starting to find its shape, beyond the necessary "and the plot requires that these seventeen guns be placed on their respective mantles" which always happens in the first few chapters (and gets deleted before the book ever sees a shelf). Characters are behaving in ways that make sense for them, if not for anyone saner, and things are going roughly like I expect them to go.
It's weird not to be thinking in terms of the Undersea, which was a wonderful, incredibly exciting playground for me, but which doesn't fit naturally into every story I tell. I do get to play more with April O'Leary in this book, which makes me happy; I love April. I may also get to introduce January's wife, Li, who was absent from A Local Habitation for very good reasons, but will be important later. It's exciting! I'm excited.
And now I, and my excitement, will go to bed. Later, all.