Well, that's me all done and dusted in my quest for total self-annihilation. And you'll note from my swanky updated badge to the right - I'm apparently now 'A Winner'.
My final word count (pre-editing/faffing/adding/deleting) has come in at just over 52,314 which is fine by me. I actually found it really difficult winding up the story as I have struck up quite a relationship with these characters over the last 20 days. I'll miss them and their ridiculous lives, but there's always room for a sequel or two, of course...
Right from Day 1 of NaNoWriMo I knew I really needed to nail the whole novel by the end of Week 3 or Day 21, so I am very glad to have achieved that slightly earlier than even I had originally anticipated. I always knew I had a ridiculously busy end of month coming up - and in no uncertain terms, the mayhem starts very soon. After clearing a load of odds and ends next week, I have a short screenplay and CBeebies submission to complete, and then before I know it, it'll be Christmas.
And so, back to finishing NaNoWriMo: to celebrate I am going to bed early without any storylines running around my head all night like a waking dream (or nightmare). Tomorrow I am going to create my book cover for a laugh and then attend to hugely boring things like washing, ironing and removing the six inches of dust that has accumulated since I have been stuck to my "Taking the Fast Lane" keyboard.
Just like to say "Keep Going!" to my NaNoWriMo buds Laura, Stevyn and Elinor and a big 'Thanks' to all those who have left encouraging messages and really lovely comments. If I feel brave enough next week, I will paste up Chapter One for your delectation. Perhaps.