Yes, indeed, writing really is the most ridiculously gratifying career. In what other job can you justify taking time off to read biographies of Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix, or obsessively (re)watch YouTube footage of the aforementioned artists (pre-suicide/overdose, of course)?
All of which is to say that things are going well on the book front . . . I finished the first draft of Five Flavors of Dumb (to be released by Dial Press in 2010) earlier this year, and got wonderful feedback from my awesome editor, Liz Waniewski. Seriously, there’s nothing better than getting that first revision letter and realizing (a) your editor loves your book, and (b) has precisely the same vision for it as you.
Anyhoo, the second draft has now been finished as well, and I can already confidently declare that this novel is everything I hoped it would be. In fact, it’s MORE than I hoped it would be: about 15000 words more, in fact. But that’s what editing is all about, right?