...and I won, though I didn't finish as many short stories as I had hoped to. I did add to most of the MMORPG character's stories that I'd already begun and started writing scenes for those characters that I hadn't begun before, and I'm happy with what I wrote. I also wrote some individual and unrelated scenes for stories that don't yet have plots, so that's something to work on. Lots of humor and romance in those. I truly don't want to write the typical romance stories, as I find most of them very boring to read, but with a lot of humor or added to mystery, I could handle that.
I'm just glad to have finished NaNo this year. For some reason, I wasn't as motivated as I usually am, so I was struggling a lot to keep up with the daily word count, and I did write a lot of garbage. Now that it's over, I realize how stressful that was to worry about reaching 50k words, and I'm not sure the best way to write. However, it does encourage you to write every day, and that's a good habit to get into. Now I can relax and enjoy the writing instead of concentrating on hitting a particular number.