Ready for Gen Con?

Badges bought, hotel booked, almost ready to go.

I had hoped to have first draft done and a full revision before going to Gen Con.  Pretty good for a year of work it would have been.  Having never written a book before, I can see that I was suffering from unsubstantiated optimism.

I did finish a chapter this last week.  So the “two and a half” that I have been repeating for a while now is down to “two more.”  It was a long chapter and I blew something up.

Two more.

I can’t believe I am doing this…

As I said in my opening of the blog, writing a book was something I had always wanted to do.  And I am doing it.  I have been printing chapters as I complete them, a tip I had picked up early on from Micheal Stackpole’s podcast, to help ensure you have a backup and to prevent co-mingling writing and editing.   Holding the fat binder also has the benefit of making you feel like you are accomplishing something.  Hard to deny when you see the stack of paper growing.

I took Stackpole’s seminar at Gen Con Indy last year.  I had decided to finally take my writing seriously.  Since then I have taken two writing classes, won NaNoWriMo and have over 106k words on the West Wind complete.  My hope is to wrap it up and head down to Gen Con this year with a sense of accomplishment.   No great expectations of course other than doing some networking.  But it does have a sense of bringing things full circle.

Just finished an Eli chapter, two more of his POV to go and only one more Rachel chapter until I am done.  Can I do it this long weekend?