I considered starting work on Storm Damage over that month, but due to getting tied up with my home refinancing, maintenance tasks, winter preparation and various RL stuff, I still don't have the fire history book ready to go out the door yet. I have to finish that (I'm close), and I also need to do some columns up in advance, so that if I get too into my first draft I can skip writing a new one for a week or three.
I wouldn't have officially participated in NaNoWriMo this year, anyway. While it works well for many people as a kick in the pants to get that first draft finished, I found it didn't match my writing style. My long stories work best if I go back over the previous day's work every writing session, cleaning it up a bit and adjusting my plot and other details along the way. I've found that if my first draft is too rough when finished, I tend to put off going back to put the work into it, which is part of the reason why Red is For Ick (my only NaNo novel) is languishing on the back burner now, needing some work to its middle.
Just the same, I still think NaNo's a brilliant concept, and good luck to everyone who's participating. Keep writing!