As of tonight, I've completed the first eight chapters (including the funeral chapter). Yay! I'm thrilled to be past that point of the story, free to focus on other issues that appear in Emma's life.
Thus far, I've completed the first eight chapters, as I said, plus an additional six chapters that were completed during my "jumping around" in the story phase. All combined, there is just under 47,000 words in my story so far! I'm well on my way to accomplishing the goal I set for myself of reaching 80,000 in this first go-around.
There's a long way to go still, but tonight I'm thankful for these first eight completed chapters.