It's been awhile since I've been to this forum! Anyway, I've recently finished the rough draft of my story save for the ending (I'm still thumbing through several options). It was about 69,000 before I started to edit it, and it's about 71,000. I do realize it is going to go up and down like a yo-yo, however. Reading through it again makes me think on numerous occasions, "What the heck was I thinking!" in terms of sentence structure or just a piece of the plot. It's fun changing everything to make it more crisp, but at the same time it's been quite the headache!