Last night I broke through the 25k-word barrier. Over halfway done.
And things are gonna change. After talking with some folks, and realizing that I'll be posting NaNoWriMo (nano) updates well into the new year with two posts a week, I'm going to do what was recommended originally, and post daily updates. It'll end after nano does, but it will be more consistent with my experience with the exercise. Also, upon rereading the posts I've submitted, I realize that they don't take all that long to read, so I think my worry of swamping readers in updates is unfounded. Further Also, it'll keep my hands off the post, as I'm sure when I'm done I'll want to do some editing.
So there. Daily updates until it's over. Yippee!