Matthew P. Schmidt
C&D2’s first draft is done!
As the title suggests, I just finished the first draft of C&D’s sequel. I have been struggling for so long to complete this, and now… IT’S FINALLY DONE!!!
God willing, this: I’m going to give my brain a break from C&D2-related activities, then do a personal readthrough. Then it’s off to beta readers, which should last for about a month. After that, there’s fixing whatever issues the beta reader/editor found, which should hopefully not take that long. After formatting the result of that, we should be ready to go.
Hopefully this will all take place this year, and I’m confident it will. But for the moment, I’m going to relax my brain.
I have always been inspired by the story of Fredrick Douglass, a slave who escaped slavery to become a renowned orator and author. His is not the story of a man who was second-rate, shooed into the spotlight only for his relative accomplishments compared to his past. What use would that be? No, he was not merely any random speaker, but Fredrick Douglass, a name that survives to this day in history books, no matter how often it is skimmed over.
A shameless plug for someone else.
I have seen, and admittedly indulged in that fan activity I will call the Fact Checking Game. It goes like this: First, you take some work of fiction, particularly a popular one, and you find some fascinating idea or claim it has. Then you deconstruct it with real world logic, checking all the facts and invariably coming up with an unrealistic or at least implausible conclusion. At this point, bemoaning that the creator did not think of this may commence. As a sequel, you can find some plausible counterpoint, and argue with the proponents of the former conclusion until the cows come home.
This is not, in itself, a bad thing.