Thursday, February 28, 2008


Tomorrow is the last day of February and I've said that this time, THIS TIME, I'm going to have this chapter draft done by the end of the month.

I lied.

But I am thisclose to having it done. It's messy and ugly and quite possibly the worst thing I've ever written, but it's close to at least being a completed mess. I'm at about 14,000 words and I still need to write the section about challenges to traditional notions of persuasion and might need a section on a pedagogy of rhetorical listening and I need to wrap up the rhetorical listening in the classroom section, but I feel like, at least for today, I'm at the end of my abilities.

We have friends coming into town tonight so my weekend is probably a lost cause. I only see them 2-3 times a year, at best, so I'm not willing to sacrifice my time with them for writing. But I think, I THINK, I can have this chapter done by mid week next week. It's possible that I could keep writing this afternoon, but my back hurts something fierce and there are dishes to be done.

So I give up. At least for now. But I wrote 6 pages today and that's something to celebrate.


Kate said...

Hey, Abby--I stopped by to see how you guys are doing and it sounds like it went well today...6 pages is something to celebrate, I agree. And, if you'd like someone to read, for any reason, do let me know. Your readings of my work certainly helped me as I worked so let me know...K.

Billie said...

You know, we all make those little "promises/goals," and we don't always reach them. I like to look at them as stretch goals-- you know, you stretch the goal out further than you think you can reach-- and you might not reach it, but you'll get further along than you would have if you hadn't stretched. (make sense?) Anyway, you accomplished a lot . . . and you'll continue to accomplish a lot.

Abby said...

Thanks Billie and Kate. I like the idea of stretch goals. I'll make sure I post when I finish this [expletive] chapter!