At 12:45 I took a deep breath and went to work putting meat on some bare-bones descriptions in order to make up the difference.
I submitted to the "magical" portal of validation again at 1:20 AM, having added a few asides and "sensory passages" to the draft's prologue and much of the first chapter.
This (among other little badges) is what I received after the program ran its count:
So, there you have it.
Final Count for Draft 1 of The Inventory, completed November 29, 2013 at 1:20 AM PST
MICROSOFT WORD: 50,388
NANOWRIMO Proprietary Validation: 50,089
Words Remaining: 0
Thanks all for the support. I'm going to let this draft sit on the back burner for 60 days while I spend December catching up on reading and January assessing my writing goals for 2014. In February, I'll give The Inventory it's first read, and...oh boy...we'll see where we go from there.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great weekend to come!