Desk papersThis June ‘creative Wednesdays’ have been all over the place as evidenced in my last post.  Last week I was in London at Rare Book School, this week I am finally at home with a day to myself.  However, the time did not feel my own as I had to finish an academic paper and get it sent off.  I’m not an ‘academic’ (not since I finished my PhD about 15 years ago), and my ‘academic’ writing muscles are rusty to say the least.  This paper was based on a paper I gave at a conference two years ago and will (hopefully) be published in the book of the conference.  I say ‘hopefully’ because of course I have little confidence in myself.  On one hand I like what I have written, on the other hand I fear it needs more rigorous scholarship.  I am partly blaming the strict word count; never have 7,000 words seemed so few!  There is more I wanted to say and couldn’t fit in, but the restrictions did make me do some ruthless cutting to become more focused so there was a good side too.  My old PhD supervisor has been wonderful in freely offering her time to read through my writing.  She told me that she has the opposite problem when writing, being Japanese she comes from a culture of ‘minimal is beautiful’!  Perhaps together we are a good combination!

So after a morning of tweaking, and ensuring I had used the correct version of the correct reference system, and tweaking some more, I finally decided that I had to draw a line under my procrastinations and send the article off.  I shall now await editorial comments and hope desperately that all my fears won’t be realised.

Meanwhile I need to tidy up the articles and books I have scattered around me, make a few more notes, and wonder about jotting down the ideas I have for a second article.  Do I want to put myself through the stress? Maybe just a little piece, even if just for myself…