I'm back to report I didn't make the word total of 50,000 for the NaNoWriMo. However I came close enough to 40,000 words to feel a sense of achievement. I now have the gist of the novel nailed down. The characters are real (and talking to me). I know where to start and where to finish and generally what will be in the middle. All I need is the time to write the thing. Two-hour blocks aint gonna do it. Even dedicated-writing-day blocks (unless they are endlessly end to end! And wouldn't that be nice?) The novel will be shelved and I will sneak back to sporadic poetry. For now. With a sense of relief.