I don’t know if there’s ever a “normal” in this country, but the firing has ceased and so has NaNoWriMo. It was my first attempt and I managed 35,044 words.
I didn’t “win”, but I wrote every day and I now have the first draft of a novel I can work with.
In addition, I met some lovely people in Jerusalem who were also doing NaNo.
So I enjoyed the experience and, whatever they say, I feel I’ve won!