BTW, you can find me on NaNo as EclecticDahlia.
I'm really excited for NaNo this year, despite the sneaking up thing. And okay, maybe it didn't totally sneak up on me. Maybe I started preparing for it earlier this month, then made a big change to my story that called for re-outlining the whole thing, and maybe I pushed off said re-outlining until the last minute. But even with an outline to rewrite, I'm still looking forward to it this year, and feel more prepared than the last two years (my first year, I didn't even hear about NaNo until about now, and didn't sign up until November 3).
So, a little about my story. It's a dystopian steampunk YA, I thought of it about two years ago and tried to write it last year, but got super stuck. I'm kind of glad I didn't finish it last year. I've made a few changes that I'm really liking so far, and think will greatly improve the book.