You'll notice that my percent-done counter has gone up to 87%? Yeah, well that's because I finally faced facts and changed my projected length from 95,000 to 90,000 words.
Also, I've incorporated the sections from Problem Chapter into two other chapters. I now see that Problem Chapter was never really a chapter at all. My manuscript may be getting shorter by the day, but it's tighter, and it's better.
I'm starting to believe that this may be a book after all.