Mt. Privilege: Status Report
Not much advance since Page 98, but the whole past week I’ve been out on library safari, hunting footnotes. That doesn’t add to the page count (bad for motivation) and doesn’t give you a nice trophy fur to walk on for your library or living room, either, but it’s necessary work as well.
One more library trip tomorrow (one author misquoting another author… untangling other people’s sloppy quotes is a highly annoying task!) and I should be back to page duty.
In retrospect I’m thinking I should have worked like this all along. When I started the project, I spent the first two years exclusively on reading and collecting material to get a grasp of my topic, so I could write in one piece later.
I could have been reading and researching for a decade and would still have gaps while writing that force me to take breaks and look for literature again.
It might have been smarter to start writing right away, since what you do not know becomes never more apparent than when you are trying to write about it, which then enables you to go on a more focused search for literature.
Back to the hunt.