Operating on the principle that it's better to have a terrible first draft than none at all, I've sent 21 pages to my editor at No Starch Press. =)
The past two weeks were incredibly packed, but I survived them and and seem to be getting the hang of working on the book. It's incredibly fun. Emacs is such a crazy subject to write about. I mean, come on... Mayan date conversions? Emacs geeks! I'm sure that if I dug a little deeper, I'd figure out how to help W- keep track of his parents' Chinese birthdays. Now that would be useful! <laugh> Writing about Emacs gave me an excuse to explore. There's a lot in here that I haven't tried before, and you know what? It's pretty darn cool.
I was surprised to find that I had lots of material already. It didn't seem like it when I was writing, but the page count just kept growing and growing as I assembled the chapter. I'm not too happy with the way I wrote it, because it felt a little drier than I'm used to. I should probably browse through No Starch Press books and see which books in that line have been written really well so that I have role models.
I'll tweak the draft a little bit more and send it out to beta readers tomorrow. =)
Random Emacs symbol: narrow-to-region - Command: Restrict editing in this buffer to the current region.