Alpha reading is complete, two readers. The comments are essentially the same. I rushed the ending and it's less well edited than the first 3/4. My concern that I need to combine two scenes in the first half that are otherwise excellent is supported by my readers. I must kill some darlings. But the story has been blessed as my best work yet. It is Story. And it is self-contained (after fixing). That's what I thought, that's what I hoped. Thank you Taos Toolbox for providing me with more tools. Thank you everyone who has ever discussed writing with me.
Seriously excellent success from the NaNo experiment and I still have 2 more drafts to edit. Not to mention that I discussed Cumin's story with my alpha reader and he agreed that was totally the right story, too. But it will take me longer to get a first draft of that one. In the meantime, I have 2 fairy stories that have been through workshops and can be fixed, now that I know what I'm doing. And I have 2 unrelated NaNo drafts to shake and edit into their final shape.