45,000 words as of today at 3:30 pm. It was 40,000 when I left for WorldCon. It’s proceeding like a healthy story, throwing off complications that may or may not turn into subplots, casting its hooks backward into previous books to pull things together, and revealing new characters who are, so far, being interesting. Last night and today, two corporate attorneys with a specialty in…wait, that’s a spoiler…rats. Anyway: two corporate attorneys with very different personalities. One of them has a perky legal assistant. One of them may need a name change because I keep having to look up how to spell his name. If I can’t remember his name right, some of you may have problems with it. See what you think: Ventoven, Howard Raul.