I went to SpoCon over the weekend and primarily went to all the panels that talked about writing fiction. There were also gamers, steampunk, anime fans, comics, movie buffs, and all sorts of other geeky stuff, but I didn’t have time to go see much of it.
An interesting thing I learned: A lot of authors do what they call “rolling edits.” In other words, they start editing previous chapters even as they write future chapters. The conventional wisdom concerning revisions is to finish your first draft, stick it in a drawer, forget about it for six months, and then come back and do revisions. Caveat: Rolling edits probably developed as a revision technique because writers under contract have deadlines and do not have the luxury of waiting six months.
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A little old lady was toting some sort of steampunk gadget around:
SpoCon 2011 Guest of Honor, Patricia Briggs (right), and a model for the covers of Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series (left):
The coolest looking car in the parking lot: