I will be finishing my first draft by tonight (the deadline). I have about 1,000 words or so left to write, so I know I can do it. I think my story will be a bit longer when I do my revising though, because there is some work I need to do on my sub-plot, but that doesn't make this draft any less complete.
If you found, like I did, that new story ideas started to plague you while you were in the midst of writing this one, you can always join the Blog Your Book in 30 Days challenge. It is running concurrently with Camp NaNoWriMo, starting on April 1st and ending on April 30th, and it's a simple matter to combine the two. There will be one prize drawing every week during the challenge and, for those who sign up for it and actually write something every day on their blog (either a chapter of their book, an excerpt of their book or just something about their book), there will be a drawing for a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate.
If you have won a prize during ChaBooCha, please e-mail me with your name and mailing address, so I can get those prizes sent out.
This year, we are creating two more anthologies: "Teapot Tales: Pirates, Mermaids and Monsters of the Sea" and "Ghostly Echoes: Spooky Tales from Around the World." You can aim your stories at middle grade children, YA, or even adult as long as you keep the stories kid-friendly. Check out my publishing press, Melusine Muse Press, for more information about the anthologies (and other anthologies) as well as submission guidelines.