I made it! I made it to 42,719 words, which is the official halfway point of my magnum opus. I'm feeling a lot better about it now, like I've broken the pain barrier. My characters can have one more Very Important Conversation, and then I can unleash all hell.
Watch out, reader(s). I'm coming for ya.
And good luck again to all my NaNoWriMo friends. I know you can all do it. Much love.