So, if I write 3,000 words a day for the rest of the month, I'll make it.
I got off to a good start, and I've written every day so far this month, but I'm still behind. The "written every day this month" is an improvement over other years. But I'm 18,000 words short of the fifty thousand. And six days to write them.
The story is working out. It's coming to something of a climax. I'm a little worried that the climax may be arriving too soon. But I've yet to get there so things may work out in the end.
The story is certainly the start of a series. I think this first part gets the main character, and "friends", from the fire into a frying pan. There are more adventures to have.
But first I have to get across the fifty thousand finish line. And do it without having to do an eleven thousand word day on November 30th. Doable, because I've done it in the past. But it's preferable to spread the words out a little more than that.