Pandemic blog 26: writing

I was supposed to turn in a manuscript for my new (general-audience book) last week. It’s not finished. But I’ve written a lot of it during the pandemic. Of course it is very hard to be “productive” in the usual way, with the kids here all day. But being in the house all day is somehow the right setup for book-writing, maybe because it so clearly separates life now from my usual life where I am neither staying in the house nor writing a book.

I think the pages I’m putting out are good. As usual, the process of writing is causing me to learn new things faster than I can put them in the book and indeed there is now too much material to actually go in the book, but that means, at any rate, I can be selective and pick just the best.

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3 thoughts on “Pandemic blog 26: writing

  1. DZB says:

    Any examples of interesting things that won’t make it into the book?

  2. JSE says:

    No, because nothing is definitively excluded yet, once the manuscript is final I can share the cutting room floor!

  3. JSE says:

    OK I think there’s no room for the following quote of Sylvester, which is germane to both DZB and me: “Were it not unbecoming to dilate on one’s personal experience, I could tell a story of almost romantic interest about my own latest researches in a field where Geometry, Algebra, and the Theory of Numbers melt in a surprising manner into one another, like sunset tints or the colours of the dying dolphin.”

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