*looks out, dazed at the bright light as she crawls back out into the word. World. I meant world.*
That's it. After trying three years, I made it on year 4. It was really all about pacing my self, but I still don't think I could have done it without taking those two weeks off work. But yeah. The words are finished, and the last line of the epilogue is written. There's one scene that's half finished because it was added because I meant to put it in, wasn't inspired at the time it was supposed to go in, then I needed words at the end, so went back and added it, and got halfway through before winning. There's also a couple characters I need to unkill, because they evolved into characters that don't die. so at this point, they have death scenes and then the story continues as if they hadn't died. That's nano. I'll fix it later.
That said, I do realize my approach to writing (outlining beforehand) does mean that the finished result, despite the lack of follow through on some of the deaths, is somewhat more coherent than much of what gets written during nano. Which may be a large part of why I've struggled with winning in previous years. I just can't bring myself to write something I *know* I'm going to cut. I can write something I don't know for sure if I'll keep, but I can't write something I know I won't. So all in all, though it needs a *really* good edit, I think the story could be definitely made publishable.