My novel is currently 11k words long. I'd say that's good progress, given the amount of trouble I've had with the opening; I'd say I'm also happy with the level of characterization I have for the secondary character, Margaret. Her relationship with Dr. Crawford, a kind of tertiary character, drives much of the conflict early on. Of course I'm talking about the mortal conflict here...

I don't want to give away a lot of plot details, but Margaret also serves as kind of our canary in the coal mine for the supernatural plot. We'll see how that goes as time wears on, but I think it's going to work pretty well.