Slow writing around this time of year as we have birthdays and Thanksgiving to celebrate. But I managed to finish chapter 9 a moment ago. The wordcount is now 18,500 words. More than I thought it would be, but not bad. I just don’t want the final wordcount to be over 50,000 words, so I think I’m on track. It’s tempting around this time in the story to take a break and work on some short stories or something, but I’m afraid to do that. It’s gotten to the point where if I don’t write a bit every day, I lose my connection with the world of the novel, and I have to re-establish it before I can start writing again, but it gets harder and harder to re-establish that connection each time I have to do so.