For the past couple of years, my days have been all about the book, all the time (at least all the time I wasn’t teaching, serving on committees, and so on).
It wasn’t just about the writing, which took a long time, but about the rewriting and revising, cutting, reshaping, fitting parts together in different configurations, trying out the ideas at conferences, and so on before you even turn it in to the publisher. Then there’s more fact-checking, copy-editing, permissions, reading proofs, and so on.
Now that Bitter Tastes is out, though, I’m working on updating the American lit site again in the spare corners of the day. A few of the bibliographies have been updated already and put into the new MLA 8th edition style, and a few pages have been cleaned up. I say “cleaned up” instead of updated, because although dead links have been removed, there are amazing resources still to add.
Remember those little “Under Construction” signs that people used to have on web sites, like the Dunder Mifflin one Jim joked about in The Office, the one that showed “Coming in Christmas 2002” in 2007? I like the Stevens Point picture above better, but you get the idea.