The word count today stands at 12,473. I'm not particularly happy with this, but it's the best I could manage. I'm writing a difficult section, and I think I may have gone a bit overboard in developing a really evil mean and nasty villain. Well, what can I say? Hello Kitty is not in the running for villain of the year.
On a different subject, if you have to deal with MS Word you'll eventually run into formatting problems. Word starts distorting the document and refuses to format correctly. The only real cure is to strip out the formatting and start over with the plain text. In the advice of another author who has to deal with this, 'Nuke it 'till it glows'. That means selecting all the text, copying it to the clipboard, then pasting it into a line editor that doesn't recognize all the herky-jerky HTML Word uses to format a document. From there, paste it back into Word and allow Word to do its thing - correctly this time.
I use two text editors. My primary text editor is ME, from Multi Edit Software. I've used ME for years and never been disappointed with it; its only downside being that it isn't free. My other text editor is PSPad Freeware Editor, also a good choice. PSPad tends to handle special characters a little better, and it's freeware, which is nice.
Tomorrow, it's back to the salt mines.