Or maybe I just need to put the chapter break here, add more detail and immediacy to chapter 27 and add an additional chapter; that might be the better course of action.
Those are a couple of reasons I stopped 'early' last night (at 9:30 instead of 10). I wanted to think about what was happening and what is going to happen first. This is the point in the story where Jael realizes she loves Jacob back. I'm not quite sure how to write that. I predict many re-writes and polishing in chapter 26, 27 and 28. I don't want to go for theatricality and operatic melodrama here. It should just be a 'oh hey, how about that' moment for Jael. But I almost think when she tells Jacob she loves him, it should come from Jacob's POV. It's going to him him hard, in a good way.
I'm still trying to decide when is the right time and place. I think this is it (chapter 27,28). In any case, it's a climatic scene, though not literally (that comes later...I need to stop).
Today is the day of my self-imposed deadline. I didn't get done, but I got close. I think tonight, working on this scene is a pretty good place to mark the milestone. I imagine I'll have the book done, in first draft form, by next week. But tomorrow I'll do all that summary and more.