Not, sadly, about the cats, just about work.
The companion-piece to the MMP has been accepted for publication, in what is the fastest turn-around I have ever experienced.
‘Course, it’ll take another year before it’s actually out.
Since I worked on this essay through the spring writing group and mentioned it once or thrice over the summer, I thought I should report results. A testimonial for writing group support: thank you, everyone who cheered me on during the spring and summer.
I think this is the only time in my life I have produced an article the way “you’re supposed to.” A year ago, I turned in an abstract for a conference; I worked intermittently on the paper during the course of the year, planning it as an article and focusing on the crucial points for the conference; I revised and expanded over the summer; and here we are, 12 months later, with another 12 to go to the print incarnation.
Now why is the MMP so much more recalcitrant when it deals with fewer manuscripts?
Could it possibly be that I have learned something between starting the MMP (which is beginning to feel like the zombie-article that Will Not Die) and finishing its companion-piece? As in, dare I hope that after I finally drive a stake through the MMP’s heart, the next thing might be easier?
No, well, look, just tell me it will be, so I can go on. I’d love to feel more buoyant about this, but the Tiny Cat did not have a great weekend and so the paper just doesn’t seem that important.