It’s 12:40 a.m. and I really should be going to bed. However, I just completed something and am feeling pretty good about it.
Around mid-day on Thursday, our Licensing Department called in something of a panic. They are working on a 1000 question Batman Trivia Game and their freelance writer had personal upheavals and stopped after 600 questions. The day before deadline.
Any chance I could help out? Once I got my supervisor’s permission to burn the midnight oil, we agreed I’d tackle 200 questions and deliver them in the morning. It seems all 1000 questions need to be approved, proofread and out of house before the weekend.
I tapped my long-distance pal John Wells to handle the other 200. He gleefully got home after work and set to it. We agreed he’d concentrate on 1965-1985 material while I handled stuff before and after. Fortunately, we both had the writer’s 600 questions to get a feel for what he had covered. And as I prepared to leave work, Michael Burstein threw many questions at me, most of which found their way into the manuscript.
Well, pretty much from 8 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. I researched and wrote my 200 questions. At some point, John sent me his first 50 for a look see and that was nice and encouraging.
And it’s done. DC will make its deadline, I got to have a little fun and remind myself what it’s like to handle a crash project.
I’m also reminded of the Trivia Mania book I produced as Xavier Einstein back in 1984, shortly after joining DC. That was 1001 questions and it took me weeks to research and write but of course, the resources available to me 21 years ago pale in comparison with today.
And now to bed.