Will be taking computer with, this time, so blogging shall probably occur - as will writing, since I've got a while on planes etc. which can be put to good use. I aim to at least finish the initial version of chapter 30 while on the road. After that, there's two more chapters at the most of story left to do, plus a shorter epiloguey type end-bracket. I'm figuring - including #30 when it's finally done - maybe 15000- 20000 more words.
Which makes it come in under 200K. So THERE [grin] (Hey, csinman, if come in under 200k do *I* get chocolate?...)
20000 words. It's a doddle. It's three days' work, tops.
Of course, then I have to go back and go over the whole thing again and neaten up any straggly loose ends, which will likely take me another week or so. But it's SOOOOO nearly done.
I'm getting the first bands of end-of-novel antsiness already, like an approaching hurricane.
Off to do some last minute packing. Flying out tomorrow morning. Portland here I come (again).
(Note to self. When the kilitters go on the outing to Powell's, *leave wallet at home*...)