Broke through 50,000 words tonight. Only took me three weeks. If it was November instead of February, I'd be a NaNoWriMo winner.
These last 10k words or so have been tough. My outline wasn't up to the task, so I've had to do some thinking--which I don't like to do while trying to write--and the book has progressed in fits and starts. I might be over the hump, though, as far as that goes. I've got the climax and the falling action left, and I pretty much know how that's going to play out. So hopefully I can knock out the remainder of Mars quickly and easily.
On the Wheel of Fire front, I've continued world-building. Just a day or two ago I reached the point where the universe suddenly felt "real" to me. The characters, nations, and peoples are all starting to jell together. I'm actually a little excited about it. It will be a serious challenge to get the whole series outlined before April, but I intend to try. Once I finish the first draft of Mars, I'll shelve it until April. That'll let me focus solely on the Wheel of Fire, plus the time away from Mars should help me look at it more objectively when it's time to start revising it.
So that's where I'm at.
And now back to work.