Okay, I should know better than to get excited about word counts and stuff, but I am a bit of a sucker for it.
The “page” count in Word is arbitrary, really, and so 100 pages at 12pt font doesn’t really mean much. Arctic Gale is now sitting at 40,000 words, so we’re now in that grey area between Novella and Novel. And whilst I know there is a lot of “story” to go, this is the conflict part and I usually end up hurrying this. When I was writing Hanako, I smashed through 10,000 in one day when I was finishing the original “Hanako Punch!” route. It was exhausting but also awesome. The original route for Hanako, post-Act 1, was about 80,000 words, so I guess that puts things in perspective.
I don’t think that I’ll be able to pull that off again; I have a little girl and a big job that both work to distract me from 18-hour writing sessions, but you never know.
It is a little sad that I have nothing to really write about here other than Arctic Gale, so please enjoy a photo from a Bird Show that I took aforementioned little girl to last weekend.