The novel slid in at just over 73K words! Woohoo! I spent the afternoon adding the rest of my second draft pencil edits. I'm pretty happy with it overall. I sent it to my crit partners and will wait for their input before I look at it again.
I have a new novel composting in my brain. I've been thinking about this story for awhile, wondering when would be the right time to start it. I think I'm going to outline it thoroughly, do my 3.5 cards, then see how it feels.
Plotting is still a new animal to me. I wrote my first two novels Seat-of-the-Pants, with only the sketchiest idea where I was going or how to get there. Now I see the great advantages to outlining a story and knowing what comes next. I don't sit down to a blank screen and wonder what to do that day.
This next week I'll focus on editing Vicki's ms, and thinking about my proposal package for my own. Three weeks till the self-imposed deadline for submission to my agent.