I reached the 50k word limit back on the 25th November, but it’s taken a couple of days to complete the actual story. I still have to submit the text for validation, but all the spadework is now done.
It feels quite sad not to have it around anymore – I won’t start revising until January at the earliest – but it’s a lot more straightforward a story than Crooked Usage, so is likely to be submitted to an agent/publisher/Amazon sooner.
Leaving Mallingry is going well – it’s day 18 and I have 38,162 words out of the 50,000 so far. On the spur of the moment I invented a woman to be irritating on a sofa and she immediately wormed her way right to the core of the plot, only to be bloodily despatched several chapter later, at the hands of the villain!