Archive for August, 2016


August 27, 2016

I now have a contract for my barbarians book! This is very exciting and a little nerve-wracking. I have a year to finish writing, which means I need to start pumping out the chapter drafts. I’m very glad to have had a full year’s sabbatical to start working on the book. As I go back to teaching in the fall, I hope I can keep up a good working schedule.



August 3, 2016

This has been the week of revision. On Monday, I got the latest round of editorial comments on my short story that will be published this fall. I spent the whole day and a good part of Tuesday rewriting and got the revised version sent back. Then on Wednesday, I got peer review comments on the draft chapters of my scholarly book and now I have to rethink some sections of what I’ve already written and what I had planned.

Editing and revising are important. That’s how things get better, and I know this. Also, on the whole, the comments on both my fiction and my scholarship were very positive. Really, I couldn’t realistically have hoped for better. But, still, the things I write are my special little babies and criticism is always just a bit shredding at first. I’ll be fine, I just wasn’t prepared to have so much land in my lap within a few days.