I did it! Bit of gloating time here. I turned in my NaNoWriMo official word count this morning, and earned my official winners badge.
On the surface, or to an outsider, it may seem a silly thing. But this was an important milestone for me. NaNoWriMo's structure and the amazing motivation of those in charge, gave me the kick in the pants needed to write a novel length manuscript.
More importantly, I now have the knowledge that I can do it.
I can write a book.
Now, the big question: Can I sell a book?
That's a whole new hurdle to cross, but I'm excited by the challenge, and plan to work toward that goal. I've got many more words to write, and stories to tell, and dreams to fulfill.