Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The last few steps

So, it's 1am and my wife and kids are sleeping soundly. That means I have a bit of free time to tie up a few loose ends.

The reading is done. I still have a few things that I need to go back over, but this afternoon I finished off the last of the books. It was, of course, Ptolus, my nemesis who stayed with me to the end.

And so I sit here in the middle of the night, surrounded by my conquests, each of the 200+ products that have occupied my days and nights for the last two and a half months. Tonight I begin the preliminary paring down of nominations. My plan at this point is simple. I'm going to go through my notes and each product one at a time, and then take several pieces of paper, each devoted to one of the 21 categories, and where I think a book qualifies I will write down its name and a very brief note on why.

I have no real hope of getting down to my top five this way, only narrowing the field a bit. Tomorrow I think the other judges and I will engage in a little real-time chat, and I'd like to have an idea of what I like, and why, so I can add to the conversation. Hopefully I'll be able to narrow the list down a bit further after our talk tomorrow.

Either way I still have a couple weeks left for my final votes, but it would certainly be nice if I had at least some idea of what those votes might be.


Evil Hat Productions said...

Exciting to make it to the other side of the mountain, isn't it?

Master of the Game said...

Terrifying really :)

Now I have to try and narrow down 239 products into 5. 21 times.

As a side note, I was weak last night. An hour after writing this post I gave up and went to bed, only 13 products into the process. I'm back at it again this morning.