|My campus office: the scene of much of my writing this fall|
Things have not always quite gone according to plan, and I've tried to be willing to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves. For example, I wrote a conference paper in the fall, and a journal editor heard my presentation and asked me to expand the piece and submit it within a few weeks. I chose to do that even though it meant delaying some work on the volume I'm co-editing and on another article manuscript, which I had intended to submit by the end of the year. Because of the timing of the academic year, I won't be able to get back to that piece until the new year and probably won't have it ready for submission until March. I have also spent plenty of hours working on the co-edited volume. I wrote some other things as well - - research notes, a public lecture, and a few research presentations, not too mention countless pages of things I didn't count in my tally like syllabi, course proposals, and lecture notes for my classes.
So while it hasn't been the perfect year in terms of academic productivity, I'm putting this one in the books as a win. Academics and writers, do you keep track of the number of pages that you write or set regular word count goals? Did you have a writing-related goal this year? How did you do?