Things I Learned from NaNoWriMo:
1. While I can write 50,000 words in a month, I cannot do this while also working, doing housework, exercising and meeting my social obligations. People who know me will not be surprised that it was the housework and exercising that got the short end of the stick.
2. It was very useful to the writing process to have a spouse who does all the cooking. Dishes (my job) can be done on my schedule. (See item 1, re: housework, neglect of.)
2a. No, I didn't actually leave them for the whole month.
2b. Don't ask how long I did leave them. I'm not admitting anything.
3. Surprisingly, I did continue to knit.
4. While the knitting of Figuring-Out-Necklines appears to be slippers and mittens,
Mittens of Deep Blue Thoughts - these used up no less than five ends of skeins.
the knitting of Figuring-Out-Novel-Plots is apparently very beautiful socks:
Monkey Socks in Serenity Wool/Bamboo/Nylon
5. Cats are even less help writing than knitting.
6. When one stops writing, suppressed guilt will lead to a frenzy of housecleaning, laundry and (somewhat to my surprise), mending.
7. While it has nothing to do with writing, I am still stunned that I mended a pair of pants and two shirts. (That's not the surprising part.) The surprising things: In the case of the pants, I noted the weakness in the seam before I wore them in public, exposing my hindquarters to the general populace. And with the shirts I a) found the lost buttons at the times they came off, b) stored said buttons in (two different) Safe Places--which contrary to all prior precedent proved to be actually Safe Places--I found them both when the time came to sew them back on! As opposed to the kind of safe place where you put (for example) a camera tripod or a pair of pajama bottoms that are subsequently never seen again.
All in all, NaNoWriMo proved to be a useful prod to get a big chunk of writing done. Now it's only another 70,000 words and twelve more drafts to a finished novel!