Today was our region's TGIO party - "Thank Goodness It's Over," meaning NaNoWriMo, of course. We have a party to celebrate the completion of NaNo every year. Whether you reach 50k or not, getting through the month is a big thing, and well worthy of celebrating.
One of the things we nearly always do for our TGIO party is to bring books and do a book swap. The thinking is, of course, to celebrate having time to read again now that the month of frantic writing is over. I am not actually sure how much reading time I sacrifice in order to write, though, so I suppose that might not apply to me. But it's a fun tradition for our party.
We had a good turnout this year, which was surprising considering our attendance was a little down elsewise throughout the month. Usually we only have maybe 7 or 8 people come to the TGIO. But today we had 17 in attendance, which was probably our second busiest TGIO in years.
I'm a little sad NaNoWriMo is over, as some of these people I won't see again until next November. But I'm also glad to have a little of my time back. I'm still planning on working on my novel regularly, but I won't have to be present anymore at 2-3 hour write-ins 5 days a week anymore, plus the commute time back and forth to each.