After multiple notes of encouragement and enquiry, I thought I'd provide a quick update on progress. I have just finished writing chapter 38 and begun chapter 39. Currently, book two is sitting at 191,800 words. I am still planning on wrapping up the story by the end of chapter 40. I am hopeful that the final two chapters move along at a good clip, but it took me three weeks to get the latest chapter finished so that may be wishful thinking on my part. Hang in there, and thanks for reading.