And…I think…

I think the first draft of Fire and Forge is finished.  The last chapter isn’t wanting to come, and the chapter I just finished seems to be a good conclusion/foreshadowing of the next book. 

Final count of the first draft of the story proper is 87,000 words.  There will likely be quite a bit added, within the next couple of weeks (setting it aside for at least one, before I dive into revision–I collected papers to grade this morning). 

And editing, for me, never takes as long as drafting, unless I end up writing multi-thousand word additions to more than one chapter.  Which has happened in the past.