Thursday, May 01, 2003


I just promised to get a book manuscript done by July 1 of which I have written maybe 1/4. I was very honest with the publisher I was talking to, saying that I don't know if I will succeed but this is the way I work--create a deadline and then hopefully it gets done.

I'm trying to write a more synthetic book rather than use a plodding scholarly style, so I'm hoping that being under the gun will help me write it as a story rather than as a compilation of events. I'm hoping to bring to my academic work some of what I have learned from my freer writing, both here and in journals/letters.

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