As I write this it's actually Sunday, and I'm enjoying the last night of my mini-vacation. We had a terrific Thanksgiving with family and friends, and it was exactly the sort of break I needed before heading into this final week of NaNoWriMo. During my four-day holiday I didn't ignore writing entirely but I didn't worry about it, either. I'm rested, recharged, and I've gotten everything lined up for the week ahead, so I'm ready to finish the last leg of this race.
This last week brings a lot of stress with it, because we're all making that last mad dash. I plan to reach 50K by November 30th, but I really won't know if I do until I get there. I've paced myself accordingly, and if all goes well I will. If all goes south, I'll still try. Winning is great, but staying in the race is just as important.
I didn't run this one alone, either, so I'd like to thank my family for giving me the time, space and support I needed throughout November; Tim Kim and the folks at the Office of Light and Letters blog for offering me a chance to reach out to all their readers, which was wonderful; the comraderie and many kind messages from my NaNo writing buddies (who should know I meant to pester them more but I ran out of month); the writers on the NaNo forums who talked shop and shared ideas and links and all sorts of useful info with me, and everyone here for the many comments and nonstop encouragement you've offered all month long. I could not have done this without you.
Now I'm off to write the rest of the way to 50K. See you at the finish line.