Weekly Log, 9-27-10 to 9-30-10

A tough week. It started out slowly, I just this feeling that things weren’t coming out right, that my outline had everything in the wrong order, etc etc. Eventually I solved the outline problem and got into a writing groove. But I didn’t come close to achieving my goal for this week, which was to finish my overview or “social geography” of 1803 New Orleans.

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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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Weekly Log, 9-7 to 9-10-10

OK! I’m up to over 1,000 words now (plus a great deal of footnotes). I’ve covered the french period and next I’ll handle the Spanish takeover, the rebellion of 1768, the Acadian migration, and the American revolution. After that it’ll be the fire of 1788, the founding of the faubourg Ste Marie, the Carondelet years, and the birth of LA sugar. I should finish up with the Spanish period by Tuesday the 14th, then start on the Treaty of San Ildefonso and the events leading up to the Louisiana purchase, and have that covered by Friday the 17th.

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Weekly Log, 9-16 to 9-18-09

  • Read more Louisiana History articles
  • Read Carolyn Cossé Bell and Roger Shugg articles
  • Continued Livingston transcriptions

There was also quite a push on HIS377 work these past few days.

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Weekly Log, 9-4-09 to 9-15-09

Okay, that’s almost two weeks. During this span I became terribly remiss in my Crescent City Confidential duties, but I haven’t been idle as to dissertation-related work; far from it. Here’s a quick summary of what I’ve done lately:

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Weekly Log: May 12 – June 4

My hope is that eventually the Weekly Log category will actually sum up what I’ve done each week. However, this post, covering a period of 24 days, sets a precedent for loose construction of the term “week” — I may simply sum up and report “every so often.” Anyway, here’s what I’ve done since this blog began on May 12.

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