The current WIP novel, tentatively now called 'Dance of Desolation', is at 17,000 words! I started with a vague idea and lots of ramblings of just under 10,000 words. Now not only is it almost doubled, it's actually a lot more cohesive, makes sense, and the direction of the story is really beginning to show itself!
This novel is set in the same world, a hundred or so years later, than the events of Dreamscape, and incorporates an entirely different--and very complex--magic system, as well as 'animal' companions of the magicworkers that have far more intelligence and powers--and influence on the world--than anyone yet knows.
At my current rate, it should reach the length of a first draft and be shelved at the same time I bring The Last Immortal first draft out for editing!
Jenna Whittaker is a fantasy and science fiction author who is on the long journey to be published!