Untouched word count: 21,800.
Woot! Now that I've made it through the first 20K the rest doesn't seem nearly as intimidating. My goal of having this novel polished and pristine by May is seeming more and more likely every day. Sometimes it's a pain to drag myself to the computer and write when I don't quite feel like it, but man, it's paying off. I feel great about the progress I am making.
Between writing and researching, (today I studied up on the Empire State Building, Desiderata by Max Ehrmann, and La Quinta hotel) I'm in need of a break from this glaring computer screen. Maybe I'll come back and write some more after I complete my quest for something edible.