It’s a whole new year of dissertating!

2010 ended with a burst of utter unproductivity on my part. Illness, the holidays, and general fatigue with the topic all played a part, and as it turned out I was unable to finish Chapter 3 before the year ended. I think I had dramatically underestimated just how much I had to fit into this chapter, and how much care would be needed in juggling it all! Then 2011 began with an amazing treat, a God Street Wine excursion on Jam Cruise, where I got to play 2 shows, watch dozens of others, and enjoy a weeklong, no-kids vacation with Lisa on a cruise ship surrounded by fans and musicians.

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Still making progress

Well, okay, posting at Crescent City Confidential has dropped off to nothingness. But I am still writing a dissertation. At this point I’m about 6,500 words into chapter 3, and will definitely finish it this week.

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Chapter 3 is underway

Well, I have neglected CCC for a couple weeks. I finished a draft of Chapter 2, and also polished up Chapter 1, about the end of last month. Now I am well into my note-taking and outlining for Chapter 3, on Laussat and the transfer of power in 1803. I should take today, Tuesday, and Wednesday to finish this (Still have to assemble notes from Laussat’s Memoirs and the HNOC papers, plus the Robertson volume and a couple other things) and start writing the chapter on Thursday the 11th. I also will be meeting with David Bell on Wednesday to discuss the question of what a Napoleonic Louisiana might have looked like; and going to see Caitlin Fitz’s McNeil paper on Friday about American impressions of Spanish colonial independence struggles and slave emancipation. Hoping to have Chapter 3 in the can before Thanksgiving.

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Moving

Moving, for me, never fails to be a disruptive, unsettling experience. We moved in to our new house the weekend of the 1st and 2nd, but it has pretty much interrupted my dissertation work for 10 days, until today. Unpacking things from boxes; cleaning; arranging furniture; putting stuff in storage; buying new things. It all takes time and all has to be done in consultation with Lisa. So I basically lost a week.

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