I probably could have skipped this. The short story was good, and the message board interactions were funny, but I guess I just don't care about the author's challenges while writing the books. Reading the info about the first one was OK, but then it got old. There were a couple of excerpts that were dropped from the actual books that were interesting. It took me longer to get through than it should have, but then again, it's not a story. I wasn't waiting with bated breath for what was to come.