Oh sad, sad. Despite the previous blog, I have had to truncate my ambitious writing plan.
It's not the commitment itself; in the first ten days I wrote 10,000 words as intended. However, working from the plot, I found that without introduction of sub and sub-sub plots it was not going to work beyond about 12k words. And complicating the story would not seem appropriate for the readers I have in mind. So instead of padding or weaving, I am looking for publishers of junior fiction who work with books of that length.
I'll spend the rest of the month sending query letters to agents and publishers, and refining the story, which I think is a reasonable compromise. As my mother-in-law used to say, "Oh, don't get on at me"!