Well, I made the deadline! I officially made 50268 words at 1:20 am on November 28. My winner's image:
Which I display with pride. This takes care of the paperwork, but the irony is that the novel isn't finished! I've got a few more nights of work to wrap up the storyline. Just like the last time I did a novel-in-a-month, the plot took on a life of its own and I've spent the past 10K words trying to put on the brakes!
I'm gunning to completely finish the story by the last day in November. Wish me luck!