Actually, I wanted to be done by now. I'm only 15,000 words from what I think will be the final word count. Last week, though, I went on a press trip to Belgium with some other journalists to tour the Western Front. That gave me heaps of ideas for my next project, a World War One action novel titled Trench Raiders. I knew focusing on outlining it would throw me off from my science fiction novel-in-progress, but you don't pass up an opportunity for inspiration like that!
Anyway, once I got settled back in my home office on Monday, I went through the existing 60,000 words of Refugees to get my head back into it. Now I'm writing full steam ahead and hope to have the first draft done by the end of next week. We shall see!
Painting "Refugees" by Karl Glatt, 1942, from Wikimedia Commons.