Last night I finished the skipped scene in my novel, the one I had to go back and do after writing the ending. It ended up being a few hundred words more than I thought it was going to be, but the first draft is still only 79,145 words — nearly a thousand short of my original goal of 80k.
I'm not sure how I feel about that. I was hoping at one point that it would actually be a little longer, more like 90k. I guess when I go back through and make revisions, one of the things I will be doing is looking for places where there is room for another scene or two. I've been toying with a new idea for the denouement, one that would likely add a couple thousand words (and, in my opinion, possibly make it a little better — I feel like something is missing, like the last 10k of the novel is too rushed and doesn't pack enough of a punch, so to speak).
In any case, I'm going to set this aside and sit on it for a month or so, and then I'll begin revisions. In the meantime, I am going to take a short break (to get caught up on other stuff) and then start researching Book 2.