I had written back in October that I was thinking about doing National Novel Writing Month this year, and I'm happy to report that it worked out well for me. It's the second time I've done this and both times I went in with the attitude that I would write what I could write doing the month, knowing full-well that 50,000 words simply wasn't going to happen.
This year, I actually started October 28th, but I had to skip a few days during November so I figure it all works out in the end. I've often compared NaNoWriMo to a marathon experience. In light of that metaphor, I apparently wrote a half-marathon with a final total coming in at 25,024 - 92 double-spaced pages. I'm happy with that and thankful for the experience.
I'd love to say that I'm going to continue and finish by January 1st, but let's be reasonable - this is December, and in the list of priorities in December (actually, in the list of priorities for most months), writing fiction is pretty low on the list. Writing fiction is not my primary role in life. In all honesty, it's more of a hobby than a job even though I make a miniscule bit of money at it. As hobbies go, it's not a bad one and I'm thankful for the gift of inspiration which comes from God, but I have to assign it its proper place in the big scheme of life.
I don't know when/if I'll finish my story, but I'll keep you posted.