Various Chores

Still unable to get started on Chapter 4, because I have to finish my paper — really a condensation of Chapters 2 and 3 — for the Louisiana Historical Association, and then review American Uprising, the rather problematic book about the 1811 German Coast slave uprising. I expect to be done both of these things by the end of next week, and to have made some necessary notes in the meantime, so on Monday the 21st I should be ready to start on Chapter 4. Hopefully this will mean I can finish all or most of it before I head down to New Orleans on 3/13 for ten days of research and visits.

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Back on Track

Two days spent reading and making notes, followed by a weekend, amounts to a mini-hiccup in the writing routine. It was slow going to get back in the groove today but I did manage 650 words on New Orleans’ 1803 population and demography. It shows that it is good to write every single day even if it’s just a little bit, because it keeps your head involved with the work and helps keep your author voice consistent.

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First Writing

Okay, it’s only 250 words, but I did get off a paragraph this morning. I’m starting the narration on French Louisiana and the founding of New Orleans. It will take a few pages and it will give the reader necessary context to understand everything after. Not terribly exciting to write, but not too hard either. The main thing is not to get too sucked into reading about the details of 18th century Louisiana! More tomorrow.

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Getting Things Rolling

Back in Princeton. Kids started school yesterday. And I’m getting back into the swing of things. I have done some actual work today and yesterday. Don’t think I’ll be doing full days until next week, but I’ve made a good start on remembering what this is all about. Worked on some outlining this morning, and I have a pretty good outline for an introductory 5-10 pages about the history of New Orleans up to 1800–which is a good easy to place to start with writing, I think.

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One Little Wrinkle

Lisa and I arrived in Princeton last Friday, the 13th (naturally) to move in to our campus apartment. As it turned out, we took one look at that place and decided we didn’t want to live there. It was dirty, dank, depressing, and not that cheap either. So we went back to the Housing office, got our security deposit back, and immediately started looking at local houses and apartments for rent. Luckily we found a 3BR townhouse just down the road that will be perfect for us. But we can’t move in until late September. This means we’ll have to stay with friends for the 1st 3 weeks of Millie’s school year, which may mean a little bit of a slower start for my writing process than i would’ve liked. But in the long run this will definitely be a good decision.

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SHEAR conference

This past weekend was my first SHEAR (Society for Historians of the Early American Republic). conference. It was a wonderful experience both in a personal and a history sense; I had a good time and it was intellectually exciting as well. The conference was better attended, and had more panels of a higher average quality, I think, than the Omohundro conference I attended in June (which was nonetheless also fun, and which I’ll write up in a separate post).

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I’m Back

Well, obviously, I have not posted on this blog since last October. Ten months have gone by, during which I did an enormous amount of research in New Orleans and had a great time living there as well. Now I’m back in the Northeast (much to my regret) — we are moving into a new Princeton apartment in 3 weeks. I’ve also just given the second of two conference papers, this one at the annual SHEAR conference, which came out of my New Orleans year of research.

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