About to start typing up Chapter 5. It’s about 80% complete. Chapters are 6000 words long. If this is to be only 7 chapters, that would carry it above the magic 40,000 word barrier, and make it novel length. 40k is a nice tight package. It can be read in a day. Never liked calling books of these lengths novels, but if people are calling their 10k books novellas it doesn’t leave you much choice does it. What can you do eh, call yourself a short novelist? People will think you are under five feet.
Once the fifth chapter is done and printed off in hardcopy, concentration will turn to another project for a while. 6 and 7 will be hot, a double dose of action-packed finale, but there will probably have be another chapter, in all fairness. You know, to round things up. Then there are the notes, and checking stuff, like trying to be consistent with the names of things you don’t really know the names of, and shish like that.