The first draft is done! About 320 pages, 78,000 plus change words; and almost two years work.
I printed it out, and had to resist the urge to dive in and begin fixing and revising. Most of the books I have read suggest letting a first draft sit for a month or so before picking it up again, and that is my plan, if my willpower holds out.
The working title of this book on three generations of fire fighters, a slight variation on this Blog, is “Keep Back 200 Feet: A Three Generation View From the Rear Step.” The stories involving my Dad, myself, and my son Michael range from the tragic to the hilarious, I think.
Now comes the hard part; completing the revisions, and most importantly, finding someone who wants to put it between front and back covers.