Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Stretch Run
For those interested, I'm sitting right at 136,000 words (give or take a few) right now. I know; not exactly a pamphlet for a first novel, but it really is like three novels folded into one. That's all I can say for right now, but it'll make more sense once I release it.
Though the NFL Draft is coming up, and I'll be covering it over at InsideSTL, I'm right at the point where I think I can finish this book up with a couple more days of solid work (the first draft, at least).
It really is a test for me, especially after a month where my pace obviously wasn't quite where I wanted it to be. I could blame it on any number of factors, but the reality is that I don't have anyone to blame except myself. Well, myself and Mass Effect 3 (which deserves its own post about its atrocious ending). It would also probably be safe/wise to throw Red Dead Redemption in there, too.
More than anything else, I want to finish this book up so that I can move on to the next book, and the one after that, and the one after that...and so on and so forth, etc., and what have you.
I've read numerous places that the difference between Michael Jordan and everyone else (aside from his compulsive gambling problem, freakish athletic talent, and insane to the point of being an ass competitiveness) was his ability to not only play at a high level, but also leave something in the tank for big situations at the end of the game.
I don't want to compare myself favorably to Michael Jordan, though I have been known to play a few hands of blackjack and can still give a softball a pretty good ride, but this is the time where I absolutely have to reach down for that little bit of extra effort to finish the first draft of this novel in the next couple of days. Otherwise, I risk rolling it over into May, and with all of the work that needs to be done on it before I can put it up on Amazon, before I know it, it'll be the end of summer.
No, that stops here. The line must be drawn heeeya; no furth-ah! Without all of the weird Borg-revenge stuff, of course.
I'm going to finish the first draft of my novel by tomorrow afternoon. Check back then for the crazed rantings of a sleep-deprived lunatic.
D.J. Gelner covers the Rams beat for insideSTL.com, and is an aspiring author. Follow him on twitter (@djgelner) or facebook (here). E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also listen to his podcast (Bottle and Cans) here.