Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Writing news

After putting up a post about the difficulty of committing to writing, I promptly wrote nothing, on the blog or really anywhere, for weeks.

But an email that came in yesterday will change all that. To quote selectively:

Dear Horace,
Good news today--the outside reader has confirmed my instincts about your book project, calling it "a substantial, informative, and original piece of scholarship." How exciting! . . . I'll look forward to having the complete manuscript, when it's ready to send.
So if that doesn't inspire a commitment to writing, then, well, I might as well not be in this profession.

14 comments:

Earnest English said...

Awesome! Yes, you need a plan! And accountability. Maybe we can each recommit ourselves to writing and be accountable on our respective blogs???

Congratulations!!!

Jason said...

That's terrific, Horace!

Nels said...

WOO! HOO!

Rosemary said...

Great news! Congratulations.

Sisyphus said...

Nels beat me to it --- whoohoo! hooray! and even, yippie!

Dr. Crazy said...

WOOHOO!!!! Write, write write!!!!

Maude Lebowski said...

YAY!! That's so cool! Go Horace Go!!

pocha said...

Wicked coolness incarnate. Great news. Thanks for sharing!

Moria said...

Congratulations on richly deserved recognition! (And if you find yourself with inspiration to spare, do let me know...)

Horace said...

Thanks all for the good wishes. This is a long time coming: I defended this as a dissertation almost seven years ago, and almost promptly dismantled it to rebuild the argument, which kept getting pushed further as new scholarship arose.

To finally be close enough to reassembling it as a fully functioning project feels good, but anxiety producing to say the least.

Horace said...

Oh, And E.E., yes, let's write together!

Renaissance Girl said...

Damn skippy!

Earnest English said...

Horace, are you ready to commit to writing, post some goals or guidelines or whatever on the blog, and get to it? I'm ready!

Mo said...

Wow! Huzzah! VERY cool.