So, remember when I thought I had tons more to go before I finished the last chapter and the draft and it would take until the end of September?
I was wrong.
I didn't even get into September, I finished the first draft on the last day of August. Sweet!
There were some big blocks of bullets in my outline that I thought were going to fill some pages and I found a better way of presenting the information by combining them with another scene and just summarizing.
Final Draft Word Count: 62,084 words
Part of me wants to set aside the draft and let it cool a couple weeks before starting the big work of Draft B corrections and additions. Part of me wants to get started immediately. I think the latter is the better path. I will take the Labor Day weekend off and resume next week.
The next step is hammering out the timeline so I can verify that it is not time crunched and could actually happen in the time allocated. The entire novel covers just under 10 months, but there are some big time gaps at the front and I don't want things to happen at too quick a pace. It is science fiction and needs the verisimilitude of reality to work best.