I got about 2 hours’ worth of work done this morning and am about to head out to the coffee shop to do some more. I’m waiting for my computer battery to charge to at least 85%, which will give me about an hour and a half of time. I am really, really close to a draft and I think one more push this afternoon and I’ll have something I can definitely call a good rough draft. I read through what I had so far, making some notes of places to fill in and add footnotes to. I’m not unhappy with what I have so far, though I’m keenly aware of a certain selectivity in my sources. As I’ve read more and more, I realize that you can’t include everything and no one really does include everything. I’ve read plenty of things where I’m thinking, “Why didn’t they include this source?” They may not be aware of it or they may not want to include it for whatever reason. The thing about writing that I try to keep in mind is that it’s never definitive; it really is a conversation. The hope is that someone would read my work and build on as I’m doing with other people’s work. So if I leave something out, maybe someone will write something based on my work plus the thing I’ve left out. It would be looking at my work in a new way.
One thing I will say for this chapter in particular is that it’s not the best thing since sliced bread. But it’s solid and I can live with that.