#2 A plan of action is needed. Darin Kennedy, a writer who daylights as a doctor, has written many stories including Necromancer For Hire: The April Sullivan Chronicles, The Sicilian Defense and Pawn’s Gambit (Personally, I am anticipating the January release of his upcoming novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle) travels annually to Dragon*Con. He shared with me that the secret to his success is to have a focus, a simple one but a plan of action none the less. One year it was the sci-fi tract, the next fantasy, another just geeky writing stuff. When we met over coffee he said,” This year my focus is to have no focus at all”. Which I think ultimately meant catching up with friends, old and new.