Although I passed the 50,000 word mark late yesterday, I decided to write just a bit more today before verifying my total and ending this year's NaNoWriMo adventure.
The final official (validated) word count: 52,093.
I have now completed at least 50,000 words of a manuscript in NaNoWriMo each November for the past eight years. Of the three books which do not deal with the Telmaj, I plan to self-publish one for sure--but the other two would probably need major work and probably aren't worth it.
Just for fun, here's some info about the book I wrote this year:
As I said before, I spent this November writing book five of the Tales of Telmaja series; the first book, The Telmaj, is available, and the second book, A Smijj of Adventure, should be available very, very soon (in fact, I hope to have good news about that any day now).
Book Five is about 75% finished at this point. I am midway through chapter nine of what will likely be a fifteen chapter book; I am on page 176 of what will probably end up at around 285-300 pages total. I expect the final word count to be around 70,000 words, give or take.
My goal is to complete this manuscript by the end of this year so that I won't have to do what I did this year (which was: spend October finishing book four and then dive straight into book five in November--that was really insane).
I think I'm becoming addicted to writing children's fiction. It's a good thing.