So at 11:47 I had the first 1000 words written for the night, and I'm upp to 11,547. I should go for at least another thousand so that I don't fall behind again.
My MC is doing far too much thinking (i.e. info dump) right now, but I want to get all to this down in this draft. I can work out the best way to present it in another draft. My Emperor (MC) is heading back to his capital again, and he's damned tired of being called there to settle minor disputes. The policy of his late father -- and the long war on the frontier that they didn't need to fight -- is clearer now that he had to deal with business at home.
Seven years on the throne. He's not happy.
Things are about to change, and not for the better.