So, here's the good news:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
57,068 / 63,000

The possibly bad news? Well, there is no way--NO way!--that the projected 63,000 is going to be an accurate ending word count. According to my outline, I have at least twelve scenes left to (re)write here! If that ends up holding true (things have been evolving now as I get closer to the end and I don't have any idea what is going to happen!), I can easily see that adding another 12,000 words.

That makes for an ending word count of, um, 75,000. Not only is that about 10,000 words more than I wanted to end with, it also makes my word count meter look like this:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
57,068 / 75,000

SEVENTY SIX PERCENT?! I was at seventy six percent two weeks ago!

*takes deep breaths*