I'm sure that some people will find this funny.
I just spent a frustrating hour trying to get my word count to validate--even trying a different computer and browser. Barry suggested I might be past some internal limit--sure enough, taking half the document worked. (And then updating my word count afterward.)
Now, back to finishing that first draft is what I really consider winning. (Still, the purple bar is nice.)
(it's a known limitation, but I didn' hit it last year, for some reason and didn't remember it was there--and there's not a useful error message--it just goes off to never-never land.)----------