(I realize that that entire paragraph is pretty opaque if you haven't read any of the draft material. Sorry about that.)
In summation: work progresses, but a bit slower than I expected. I still plan on having a complete manuscript by December 31 and still feel I will make that (self-imposed) deadline.
That's all for now. Later!
UPDATE: As it turns out, the draft achieved an even number. First time for everything.
Word Count: 65,500 words