The Book

Although I may never find a tenure track job, it looks like at least I’m going to be a published author. Princeton University Press will publish my book, Building the Land of Dreams: The American Transformation of New Orleans, in tPU Presshe fall of 2015. The reader’s reports are back, and were very positive; my revisions should be complete by this fall, and actually the fact that I’m teaching a slightly reduced schedule should actually help with this a bit.

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Moving Forward; Weekly Log 9/20 to 9/25

For the first time in two weeks, I’m not doing any writing today. I’m happy to say that yesterday I finished a draft of Chapter 1. It is by no means polished; it needs a bunch of footnotes added; and it needs a few fairly significant interpretive paragraphs plugged in here and there (which there is room for, since it stands now at just over 8,000 words). But still, it’s a finished chapter draft.

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Pre-Writing Tasks

This is a list of things, either mundane or substantial, that I need to take care of before starting on my dissertation writing proper–hopefully, in the two weeks following our move-in in Princeton August 13th, or at least by the end of August.

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What’s Next

Well, I may as well admit it: the things I need to do were outlined pretty well in this post back in early June, and most of them still remain to be done after the Summer of Hassles. As frustrating as this is, the transcriptions of Livingston notes are still the number one most pressing chore; I got some done over the summer, but plenty still remains. Tweaking the database, especially the category tags, should also happen as part of this process, as should actually reading over the database once it is all in chronological, not alphabetical order. After that, there will be the following series of projects:

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Looking Ahead: June 2009

Well, I’ve finished with the Livingston papers, teaching duties are done and I have three mostly open weeks in Princeton remaining before we leave town. Moving-related chores will take up some of my time, as will health-related activities, but I think I should be able to accomplish at least one substantial “project” during this time. With that in mind, the major projects I have in mind for the near future are as follows:

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