Very short post, one day early, due to the personal plans. I got a few days work in, despite my computer not being in very good shape. I think by next week I will be done with the final, final editing and can go back to working on the pictures.
My next post will be Saturday March 2. Have a great weekend.
I have not been working as consistently as I did in the beginning of this process. It is partly because I am close to being done, but also because life happens. This past weekend, my family came to celebrate my birthday, which is on February 25.
We had a lovely time attending a University of Massachusetts women’s basketball game and going out to dinner. The biggest gift was all being together.
I am still doing a final edit of the chapters and am working on chapter 6 at the moment. One problem that will probably affect how much work I get done this coming week is that my computer broke. I tripped on my cord yesterday causing the top lid hinge to break. It still works, but I cannot really close it. My computer repairman is ordering the part. When the part comes, it will be about an hour of work to complete the repair.
This is the third time I have needed a new lid. I have had some kind of repair to almost every part of this computer. Some other things have been repaired twice. I dread getting a new computer, so it is easier to keep repairing this one. Eventually some repair will be prohibitively expensive, thus necessitating purchase of a new computer.
My day for posting is now Monday. I cannot guarantee it will stay like that. I’m currently going through the chapters, correcting typos, adding missing footnotes, and fixing any other errors I come across.
I am still deciding about what pictures to use. I have a clearer idea of how to proceed. They will be a mix of photos of people and some photos of ephemera from various faculty wives clubs’ activities.
I took Sunday and today off. We went to Brattleboro, Vermont, for an overnight stay as an early Valentine’s Day celebration. Yesterday, we went to the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center and saw some unusual exhibits. I really liked the textile art by David B. Smith. There was a QR Code you could scan and hear the artist talk about his work.
After the museum, we ate dinner at T.J. Buckley’s, which is my all-time favorite restaurant. We got back to the hotel in time to see the exciting end of the Super Bowl. The trip was very relaxing. I had a great time.
I apologize for the lateness of this post. I had a busy weekend and today is the first day I could get to it. I have finished the bibliography which feels great. I’m now going through each chapter for a last check . I have done the first chapter and, of course, there were a few typos and some missing citations. I am sure that will be true for the remaining chapters as well. At some point, I will have to accept that it will not be perfect and say I am finished.
I am working on getting permission for the pictures I want to use in the book. Luckily some are out of copyright and I have gotten one for free. I am also going to think about the marketing of the book, beginning with pre- publication publicity.
I have been battling a cold for a week, which is why I didn’t post yesterday. Posting while I am working on the book has been a moving target. Maybe you, the reader, should not expect it on any specific day.
I am still working on the bibliography. I probably have a few more days. After it is done, I need to look at potential pictures and start trying to get permission to use them. Like the bibliography, I think this will be a daunting task.
Besides working on the book, I have been watching the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) national championships. That has been a lot of fun and a good antidote for how crappy I have been feeling.
Today marks my 140th day of work. That equals almost 358 hours of work. I started this project in August, establishing a NaNoWriMo that runs from Aug 21 to April 30th. I still need to compile the bibliography. By then, my manuscript will be fairly complete.
Because I am so close, I am not sure I need to work every single day. More accurately, I am not sure that I have to post an output in NaNoWriMo every day. For the next 11 days, I am probably going to skip doing that. I will not have an update next week and will resume posting on Jan. 20th
As of yesterday, I have worked 132 days. I have chapter 7 back from the editor. The last piece of writing that still has to go to him is the conclusion. The bibliography is still looming over me and I am a little panicked about how I will actually do it.
Since it is the end of 2023, I thought I would also write a brief wrap up of the year. I have written over 40 blog posts, many of them my weekly updates about the book’s progress. There is no Tweet count because I no longer regularly post on that platform. I am still getting used to Threads. Since there are no hash tags, I don’t know how you build followers. I also post one a week on Substack notes. Once I have sent the manuscript off in May, I plan to explore building up my social media presence
Yesterday marked my completion of 125 consecutive days working on my manuscript. I’m done with chapter 7. It is staying as chapter 7 and I sent it to the editor. All I have left to revise is the conclusion. To shift my brain a little, I spent two days going over chapter 5, which the editor has already gone through,
Once I have submitted the conclusion to the editor, the work I will have left is going through his edits for chapter 5, 6, 7, and the conclusion. After that, comes the bibliography.
For NaNoWriMo, I’ve continued updating my production every single day. Although it seems counterproductive, I’m hesitant to stop. I can’t wait until I am done with the book. I feel like I don’t have enough time to lead my life.
As of yesterday, I have worked consistently for 117 days. The seventh chapter is what I have been working on. I’ve finally resolved what I wanted to do with it. It’s going to remain in its original intended location.
I have to complete the editing and footnotes. The footnotes are the most tiresome part and I dislike doing them. Once all that is done, I can send it to the editor. Since he has completed chapters 5 and 6, now it’s my turn to go through them.
My goal is to complete all the work mentioned above without getting caught up in anything else. This will help me manage my anxiety.
As of today, I have worked 111 days in a row. I am now working on what was going to be chapter 7 but might actually become chapter 5. There is still a possibility it won’t be a chapter at all. After I finish editing, I will make the final decision about it. Then I will only have the conclusion and the bibliography. I am making progress and I think I will meet the May deadline.