A zero signifies so much more than nothing when one is counting. It signifies potential. There is more to come. The whole range from 1 - 9 is there for the waiting. Sidle a zero up to any of them and - multiplication. Where would the 1 - 9 be without their 0?
So, though I wanted to crow when I hit 100,000 words on the thriller, I did not. We can so easily make our own hubris. I look upon it as quite a feat in so short a time (nine months). In many ways I look upon it as a surprising feat since I was aiming for 60,000. Onward, ever onward. However, the end is now being written. I am at 103,674 and counting. With a host of zeros yet to meet and pass.