There's something about writing out the words for a nice big number like 39,000, that is remarkably satisfying. "Thirty-nine thousand words". So much cooler than 39k, or even 39,000, where all you see is a handful of digits with an optional comma thrown in.
Thirty-nine thousand. Yeah, I like it.
Hmmmm... one hundred fifty thousand. That's even better. I look forward to writing it out for real. And for reference, The Hand of Tyr is one hundred sixty-eight thousand words, so I am targeting about the same size for book two. Once I've gone through the re-writing and revisions, I expect it to grow, just like the first book did.