Some of the terms under lickspittle, n.: toady, sycophant, toadeater, tufthunter, fawning flatterer, truckler; flatterer, backslapper, backscratcher, timeserver, apple polisher, brown-noser, pickthank; parasite, leech, sponger, hanger-on; courtier, attendant, flunky, lackey, yes man; jackal, spaniel, bootlick, bootlicker, footlicker, lickspit; kowtower, cringer, groveler, sniveler.
Update on NaNoWriMo: I've caught up and I'm holding strong at 31,811 words (although I haven't yet written today). It's been a wonderful experience. I highly recommend it. It has allowed me to develop some good writing habits, particularly the ability to focus on the story and just write it.