It happened. At last I broke 100K words on a novel. Rules of Engagement, a steampunk novel I've been working on for the last several months, is complete at 117K words. I've gotten a beta reader and will be working on the edits.
It's been a crazy ride, this book. I've had a lot of fun writing it, researching for it and finding inspiration for it. Writing a book this long is something I'm proud of, and while I've never ascribed to longer is better, I do believe that each story requires a certain amount of space.
This one needed a lot of space, and it surpassed my expectations by about 17K words.
No matter, in edits the number will likely come down a little, but I don't expect to come under 100K.