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I finished a book review and sent it off yesterday. It was the first piece of pure academic writing I've done in months.

It's not that I haven't been working. I've been working on transcribing and now translating an early fifteenth-century history of invention. But neither transcription nor translation is the same style of writing as academic prose. A book review may be a rather specialized subset of the genre, but it is of it nevertheless. As I edited the review into coherence, adding and amending, I realized that I've spent long enough doing other kinds of work to finally be refreshed from the endlessness of finishing off my dissertation. I took a long vacation from academic writing - doing other, relevant things the while - and now I'm ready to start afresh.

I might even be ready to read my dissertation again.

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greenelephant
Oct. 17th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
I might even be ready to read my dissertation again.

Oh man, good for you! -- it's taken me two years to begin to be ready to do that.
owlfish
Oct. 18th, 2006 12:30 pm (UTC)
I haven't actually done it yet....

But I can't edit any of it for eventual publication without reading it. Of course, I know the material well enough that I could just write articles from scratch (and notes). They might even be better that way.
a_d_medievalist
Oct. 18th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
I've done that ... it was pretty weird. I waited a long time, though -- almost four years, during which I only wrote lectures. Enjoy it! (I kept finding places where I thought, "OMG, did I really say that?")
owlfish
Oct. 18th, 2006 12:30 pm (UTC)
The OMG moments - good or bad?
a_d_medievalist
Oct. 19th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
Both! THere are parts where I thought, "Damn! I sound like someone who knows her stuff -- and writes some very nice prose!" and then there are the parts where I thought, "Jeebus! There's no verb in that sentence -- how did that get through?" And then there's the prosopography chapter, which is the snoozefest to end all snoozefests!
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