Hi everyone! I'm pleased to say that I've finished major content edits on the piece. For most of my work, this would probably be good enough to publish. But this piece is significantly more important than most of my work, so I'd like to polish as much as possible before publishing it. This means:
- Full copy-editing and fact-checking
- Adding appropriate pictures
- Examining publication options
I'd like to have it up and linkable by the time of Antioch's upcoming reunion, although succeeding in the last of those goals might alter that timeframe.
Still, given the delays, if you, the backers, would like to read a copy of the draft I have now, just let me know via message, comment, or email, and I'll send what I have to you.
Hi all - this is just a quick update to say that, yes, I'm alive, and no, I've never forgotten about this project. I've just had a few technical issues, a few procrastination issues, and a few long-term planning issues--the three have not combined in a terribly motivational fashion.
Nevertheless, I am finishing major edits on the full piece, and it should be in coherent, publishable form shortly, after which I will begin to pitch various websites to see if they'll want to publish it--and if that doesn't go well, then I'll publish it directly on the web.
I'm happy to say that I'm virtually finished with an initial draft of the project--hoping to finish tonight, but tomorrow may be more likely. Given that I aimed for a September completion date, well, I'm on Antioch Time.
In the week after that, my goal is to whip my citations and facts into shape, then start sending it to both expert Antiochian friends to help edit and confirm my facts, as well as non-Antiochians who can let me know how approachable it is. I'd like to have that done by next week. I'm also going to start looking into a venues for potential wide publication, but that would merely be a bonus--the goal, now as ever, is to have the piece be accessible in both a literal and figurative sense.
As for the article itself, well, 5000 words may have been too ambitious; I'll probably have 7500 when it's finished. But figuring out how to deal with that, either by cutting or acknowledging the depth of the story, is something I'll have to discuss with the editors.
Still, I'm entering the home stretch, and pretty excited about it. I hope everyone will have the chance to see the finished product as soon as possible.
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