Good news! I broke 17000! Bad news! I did it by copying in and barely rewriting a bunch of old stuff from the first time I tried to write this.

More bad news! I think i might hit the end of the book before i hit 50,000. I might only get to 30,000 or so. I guess that's decent. I have no ideas for expanding it (certainly none that will extend to 20,000 words), but having a 30,000 word novelette under my belt is nothing to be sniffed at.

Good news: If that happens, i'll just go back to last years and see if I can add 20,000 or so to that in the time left.