January 20th, 2016

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You haven't heard from me for a few days because I've been busy meeting deadlines. I have 12 left of those 1000 primary sources I began a couple of months ago. I don't know if I'll finish reading those 12 by the end of the month, or if I'll work on my secondary sources for a bit. Either way, my research is where it needs to be if I'm going to get the book written this year.

I've finished three articles for three different places and, as far as I know, only have one more to write this month. Editing on them is almost all done, too.

I haven't got edits back yet for the next novel, so it's hard to work out if I'll get everything done in January, or if February's going to require 18 hour days (I so hope I get those edits in January! but it's not up to me) but I've been once through the first proof for the monograph and it's not going to be a big job. The editor's wish for me to hurry up with it makes sense: getting it out of the way means they have time to focus on works that are going to require more fixing. All the work that I and my support group put in last year has definitely paid dividends: I expected that not many changes were necessary, but I didn't quite expect this few. I have one more round with the proof to go. This is the slow round and the tougher one. And then I have the index. And then I send it and wait.

I also have about 10 forms to fill in this week. People have come back to work and so they send me paperwork.

All this will wait a few hours. It's not going to go away, and I am dealing with the news of a friend (who I've known 20 years) who has unexpectedly died of cancer. There's nothing I can do from the other side of the world except deal, so that's what I shall do. Tammy was one of the people who made the world a good place. I still haven't quite accepted that I'll never talk to her again.