I'm at 76k words now, and it just entered Act III. I plan to finish the whole story by the end of November or early December.
I'm both excited and sad. Excited because I'm about to finish the 2nd
draft. Sad because I'm going to enter the next phase which is structural
edits and line edits. The whole journey leading up to the ending has
been exhilarating. As authors, we vicariously live through our
character's life, going through their joys and suffering. I don't want
that to end...
With the few chapters ahead of me, I feel like I don't want to say
goodbye. It's ridiculous since I know a second book is warranted (Volume
I ends with a cliffhanger), but I just can't shake the feeling that I'd
be sad to end this draft. I'd pick it up again after a month has
elapsed. While I cool off from this project, I'll be writing more short
stories to add to my submission circulation.