In some ways, I feel like I have wasted my entire sabbatical. I had a plan mapped out in my proposal and really very little of what was detailed there has happened. On the other hand, that doesn’t mean nothing has happened. I still finished the blog webtext and I have a good start on my ethos chapter for the ethos collection. DMAC was very productive and will lead to future work and good teaching projects for my classes. I learned through the rumor mill that my original book plan had very little chance of success because of other books already under contract. Whether or not that is true remains to be seen, but what I know for sure is that the opportunities that came up naturally since the start of the year gel better into a longer project than my original plan.
So, I may not end up with a book. I may end up with a poetry book, but that’s another story. I may not end up with a traditional one-author academic paper book. I suppose that should depress me, but given what scholarship I like to investigate, paper is rarely the best medium. A digital press of some sort is most likely the best place for my longer work.
So, for now, I will end up with at least one chapter, three articles, and (I hope) a bunch more poems. I’ve written over forty poem drafts since the beginning of 2014, and a good number of them are making the rounds. Detailing it like this, it sounds like a lot of writing, but despite it all, I feel like I’ve wasted time. I have to remind myself that this is still the very beginning of the summer and that I can and will write as much of the remaining work as I can in the just over two months I have left. I do that every summer, but this time, I’m not starting off exhausted. That has to count for something.
Another view from my new home office room. In between rain showers, this was a clear, blue Missouri day.