Not that other characters in the story are schlumps. The 4-F Club members (standing for Four Fabulous Femmes - the heroine and her three best girlfriends) are all successful, self-employed career women. They've only been pals for five years, but they counted each other as family from the start, and were always there to help each other, no matter what the circumstances. Didn't matter if that meant emotionally or practically. The jobs got done.
And there was joy in the work, in the accomplishments, in the measurable successes that each of them earned through their efforts. Maybe that's why, despite their differences, most of the characters have some fundamental connection and set of principles that binds them together. Instead of judging the differences, they manage to cleave to their mutuality. It's an interesting thing to ponder and write about.
As for NaNoWriMo #2017? 3,192 words today for a total of 34,556. I hope to hit 50,000 by the 17th, which will complete the second third of the book. Then the rest of the writing is for the third and final segment - and just gravy as far as National Novel Writing Month is concerned.
I'm doing the job and it feels great. How's it going for you?