Yesterday I straightened out the mess on my desk and wrote a short document that lists the status of my various research projects. There are six of them currently:
1) A co-authored piece on tech comm textbooks with a graduate student that is nearly done – perhaps a month of revisions left. Let’s say March 1 to submit.
2) A co-authored piece on a curious example of WWII rhetoric. Again, perhaps a month’s work left. Again, let’s say March 1 to submit.
3) A single-author piece on a certain Attic Greek speech. This one is very ambitious, even a little daunting. I just started it, but I’m hot, so it should be done by April 2.
4) A tentatively accepted chapter in a collection on style, focusing on authorship. This one is not yet started, but I can cannibalize an existing draft for most of the content. This will require a trip to Rice’s library, though. I suspect this will take me all of two weeks, so April 16 feels safe.
5) A huge revision to a R&R to a big journal that is due June 14. I am setting aside most of two months for this as I will be drafting it from scratch with essentially a new thesis.
6) Reediting my old book manuscript and sending it out again to some new leads. I have not touched it in nearly four years, so the scholarship needs to be updated. This shouldn’t take more than a few weeks to get moving.
Now, I do work at a teaching university, so I have been thinking, “Mike, this is a little overkill this semester. Baby #2 is on the way in May.” And it’s true. But frankly, scholarship takes years in advance to bear any fruit, and once Baby #2 gets here, I can probably wave goodbye to starting new projects in the fall. It will probably be all H and I can do to just keep our teaching going then.