So the novel I'm writing now is called "Alma the Elder"--you guessed it, it will be the second book in my new series.
So far I've written about 90 pages (23,600 words) and my goal is 85,000 words for the first draft. If I can keep up writing at least 1,000 words/day then I should have the first draft finished before Halloween. Usually I can write pretty fast, then I have to go back through the book and add in some historical details.
Today is the first day that I've felt like I have "writer's block"--not that I don't know what is going to happen next, but I have some later scenes that I'm excited to write. So I have to get through the in-between scenes first and somehow make them exciting too. My critique friends would tell me to write the scenes out of order--to write what is most inspiring first. So I might just have to do that.
Oh yeah, and I do have a pretty good outline going for my non-fiction book. When the kids get back in school I should be able to get more done. I'm doing it backwards from my fiction writing. I'm getting all of the research sources FIRST, instead of as I go, or after the first draft.