I gave it a lot of thought, but decided not to participate in NaNoWriMo this year.
The biggest factor in this decision is that I want to devote my writing time to the Dark Crystal Author Quest. I currently have a couple of thousand words written, but am going back constantly and editing things. I considered writing a Dark Crystal novel during NaNoWriMo and using the parts of it that I liked as part of my submission, but that would leave me with only a month to polish things; in the end I decided that doing what I’m doing now is for the best.
I also toyed around with the idea of writing several short stories that would total 50,000 words. Those I could use as part of my writing goals for the year (goals that have largely fallen by the wayside for a variety of reasons). But once again, I decided that I need to focus on my Author Quest submission and thanks to some other commitments, don’t want to juggle any more projects at this time.
So I’m going to pass on NaNoWriMo this year. But best of luck to everyone who is participating!