Therefore I bring you a new challenge! Or me, I bring me a new challenge. Or just need to get off the damn couch and stop sleeping every afternoon it rains. Anyway, challenge! Yes. Not a challenge as in, I hereby challenge you to a duel to the death, but as in, there is nothing like a little friendly competition and communal no-pain-no-gain to get you started and to keep you moving.
And thus, da tada! The Magical Month of Academic Publishing Challenge 2009! (Could someone make me a button for MMAP Challenge 2009? Preferably with a fancy rainbow motif? I no longer have a working image manipulating program. Alas.)
The Timeline: from April 10 to May 10, one Magical Month. (No, why bother waiting until a nice round number or the first of a month? We've got to go now now now! And yes, the "magical" theme might be better for March Madness, but I didn't have the idea then ok? Ferchrissakes.)
The Challenge: Choose a chapter, previously rejected or R&R paper, conference paper, old seminar paper, or other lump of prose you really want to revise and send out for publication. Commit to revising it for the month of April-plus-a-little-bit and make concrete plans to work on it at least 15 minutes per day. (An hour would be ideal, but make sure to at least read over and do some little edits every day.) Post your effort to your blog (notice I did not say progress) and encourage your fellow challenge-ees.
The Benefits: At the end of a month you will have an article much closer to publication, if not ready to send out even, and have the boost of confidence that
The Drawbacks: What, that you'll have completed a huge amount of work on your article? That you'll have something ready to send out for publication? Sure, it may get rejected --- that's the name of the academic game! Deal! That you'll have lost a whole hour of facebook time every day for a month or be seriously deprived for naps? Buck up people and get cracking! Go go go!
Who's with me?