Greetings. It’s David Lat here, not Audrey Coyne. I just wanted to make a few quick administrative announcements.
First, two months and 16 installments (no longer “chapters”) into this project, I’d like to thank everyone for reading and for posting so many excellent comments. So far it has been a very interesting and enjoyable experience. I appreciate all of the feedback, both critical and complimentary, as well as the great fact-checking (and policing of typos)….
Second, I wanted to apologize for not posting a new installment this past Sunday — and to warn everyone that it looks like I’ll be missing this coming Wednesday as well. There are a few reasons for my delinquency (which I will again list in numbered, lawyerly fashion).
First, I’m getting to the harder part in terms of reaching the point where I don’t have pre-written material that I can just bring out, edit a bit, and publish. From this point onward, I’m working off of a rough (and still evolving) plot outline, as opposed to draft chapters. So my prose, which is already pretty plain, may become even more pedestrian (or problematic). If anyone has advice for writing more stylishly — I think I’m too inhibited to really swing for the fences, stylistically — I welcome it. (I think I’m risk-averse; I’d rather have unadorned prose than lyrical prose that falls flat.)
Second, I’m getting to the harder part in terms of getting to the meat of the story. This is a lot trickier than just laying the groundwork or providing background info, so I feel I have to tread a lot more carefully.
Third, things have been a little crazy in my “real life.” As those of you who are connected to me on Twitter and Facebook know, last week I got displaced by Hurricane / Superstorm Sandy, which exiled me from my apartment and threw me off my normal routine. This week, I’m traveling a ton — right now I’m in Nashville, where I just gave a talk at Vanderbilt Law, and as soon as I get back to New York, I’m leaving for D.C., to attend (and cover) a conference (in honor of the late professor and blogger Larry Ribstein).
I’m hoping to post the next substantive installment this coming Sunday. I can’t guarantee it, but that is what I’m shooting for.
Anyway, enough excuses. My main message is, thank you for reading!