I have finished Chapter 22, at long last, and now I've got two remaining chapters to write and then the first draft will be finished! Yay, me.
wordcountometer = 66,776! A bit lower than I'd like, but it's a first draft and I know it will grow during revisions. Hell, I've already added stuff to the first chapter that I need to go back and add to the Word(tm) document. So apparently I am breaking one of my cardinal rules, and I'm editing a bit while still writing the first draft. Shame on me.
The elephant solution I have found works, I think, though likely it will all be cut in revisions, because life is like that. Mighty Reader has also urged a private joke on me, for inclusion in Chapter 22, and I am considering it but likely I won't use it because, once again, it adds nothing to the story and I ended up cutting a lot of those from my last book. Maybe, if it still seems droll after the revisions, I'll put it in. We'l see.
Anyway, two chapters to go. The next one will be interesting to write. I hope it's interesting to read when I'm done. As I close in on the end of this draft, I am a bundle of nerves second-guessing myself and really, I'd love to be done with this so I can just relax for a few weeks.