...I have a great first draft, so I'm very happy! And I feel I accomplished the goal of NaNoWriMo, which is just that. Still have some critiques and revisions to get through, but I'm hoping to sub this puppy early in 2010.
As the wise and wonderful Natalie Goldberg says: "Sometimes when you think you are done, it is just the edge of beginning. Probably that's why we decide we're done. It's getting too scary. We are touching down onto something real. It is beyond the point when you think you are done that often something strong comes out." That's what I like to aim for -- the place beyond, the universal place that reaches for the outermost boundaries, where things are brilliant and dark.
I also feel great that I added two more stories to the TBF (to be finished) queue. It's getting a little crowded in there so I have much more work to do, shaping and reshaping those sticky blobs of nebulous threads into a readable story. A writer's dream.