So. I am declaring the first draft of "Fire, Salt, and Blood" to be completed at 179,275 words.. Huzzah!
There will undoubtedly be a second draft, and probably even a third.
They will not take nearly as long to produce.
I really hope I can keep the final file within 180,000 words. However, I am not holding my breath about that one.
Shipping file off to alpha readers now.