Well, just crossed the 25,000 word mark. This is officially the longest thing I've ever written.
We now have a love interest, and some horrible acts perpetrated by peers. I've just finished putting down the entire arc of events that had occurred to me at about the 10,000 word mark. I'm now back to "Your guess is as good as mine."
However, I've got some characters now, and I'm far enough in that maybe if I let them talk, the story will keep coming.
Thanks for reading.