Well, here it is. Today is the day when they open up the validation for winners of NaNo, and I've uploaded my novel. It was validated at about 800 words less than the OpenOffice.org word count, which was a bigger discrepancy than I expected, but I'm still ahead of the necessary word count of 50,000.
What an amazing feeling! For the first time, I have written a complete novel. Admittedly it is only a first draft and there's a lot of work to be done on it, but nonetheless, it is complete as a first draft.
I rather think it's time to celebrate!